Friday, October 23, 2009

Neighborhood Outreach Idea

Ever get caught up thinking, “Why am I really here? What are we doing?” There are so many pressures on our time and on us, as individuals and families. It’s easy to feel torn: We’re pulled in so many different directions.

It’s simple, I know, but Jesus said, "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the Godflavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.

We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:13-16, The Message)

God’s plan for growing us up is that we become Godly parents building faith into their children (see Deuteronomy 6). It all begins with the family, but it doesn’t end with family. His plan for reaching the world is us, His church. And, He made it clear: we are to be light shining bright in this dark world.

On October 31, when much of our culture celebrates darkness and death, we want to be light bearers, celebrating Jesus, the very breath of life. Because of our very busy lives, many neighbors don’t get to know one another. So why don't we consider this: opening our homes to build relationships with others. How? Maybe instead of passing out candy from behind our doors, we invite a group of neighbors to roast s'mores in our front yard. Or, make a fun activity out of hiding candy in a haystack in our driveway to foster interaction and fun with those neighbors around us. If you'll click here , you'll find a variety ideas for family fun!

Let's be the light we were intended to be.

-Belinda Lund-Bjarki, Trinity's Children's Ministry Director


  1. Thanks for sharing this idea, Belinda.

  2. I am a professional photographer, and we change our garage into a studio on Halloween and invite people to stop by in their costumes for a free portrait in exchange for a non-perishable food donation. Last year we were able to donate an entire trunk full of food, and we are hoping to have to take a couple of trips this year!

    Also, we try to carve something positive in our pumpkins, this year they will say - Give Thanks!

  3. We're gearing up for our neighborhood outreach!! Looking forward to all the fun we'll have!!

  4. Gotta say this....Kristy (above) is an AMAZING photographer and captures families in the most beautiful way. She also uses her abilities in ministry and in serving others. It's wonderful to know someone who has a heart for the Lord and combines that with a special gift in photography.

  5. Kristy - What an amazing, creative idea!