How does your Worship Ministry serve the community?
Maybe your worship ministry serves the community through Christmas programs and Easter musicals. After all, these are times when attendance is usually at it’s highest, choirs, praise bands and orchestra members are in full attendance, and there’s an openness in people’s hearts to hear and receive the message of the Gospel. So it makes sense…these are great times to serve.
But what about other times of the year?
During the summer months, VBS is a huge serving opportunity for many ministry areas of the church, including worship – Father Abraham, I’m In the Lord’s Army, The B-I-B-L-E… all songs passed down from generations of VBS. But what about those times of the year when potential church members are hearing messages completely opposite of the Gospel – such as, Halloween.
For example, have you ever considered hosting a Fall Festival, or a “Trunk or Treat” event as an outreach to families in your community?
As we started down the road of thinking through various ways worship ministries can serve, we thought we should interview a church that has experience in organizing a Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat. We thought a few details might help you in determining if this is something your team should pursue. Eric Boswell, the Children’s Pastor at Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old Hickory, TN, offered up a few words of encouragement to those interested.
“Trunk or Treat is a gateway to our community – to let the very community we serve know of the types of ministries we offer families. From Children’s Choirs and Upward Soccer to Mother’s Day Out and Men’s Bible Studies, Trunk or Treat opens our doors in a way that’s not doable in other types of events, “ says Eric Boswell.
Tulip Grove has been hosting Trunk or Treat for 10 years, and truly feels it is a great alternative to Halloween for not only the church’s families, but the community’s families as well. In this day and age, trick or treating is not as safe as it used to be, so Trunk or Treat can be a unique way to provide a fun, safe and biblical experience to everyone that attends.
With the help of about 50 volunteers, Tulip Grove makes the evening into a church-wide event by including several ministry areas. Through basic marketing efforts (website information, banners, invitation cards, word-of-mouth), their event reaches out into the community by not only offering a safe alternative to trick or treating, but also offering games, hayrides, hot dogs, apple cider, cotton candy and more. Throughout the evening, Eric and his team work hard to register visiting families so they are able to reach out and follow-up.
To help a little, we went ahead and came up with a few ideas of how your worship ministry could really be involved in Trunk or Treat:
- Let the Praise Band play while the event is going on,
- Have Choir Members re-enact stories from the Bible – dress up as the characters, etc… ,
- Serve chili. Or Hot Dogs. Or Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider. Or all of the above,
- Hold a trunk decorating contest between the Sopranos, Altos, Tenors & Bases,
- Give the Children’s choir an opportunity to sing a few songs – in costumes, if you like,
- Go even further, and ask all the ministry areas to be involved via decorating, skits, games, etc…
- Go ahead, give out invites to your Christmas program…it’s never to early to get on the calendars of those not involved with your church.
So whether you choose to host a Trunk or Treat, Fall Festival or something else, we encourage you to think “out-of-the-box” when it comes to serving your community. You might be surprised at the ideas that simply come by asking the question, “What are some other ways/times we can serve our community.”
Chasity Phillips is the Marketing Strategist for LifeWay Worship. She’s also a choir member at Brentwood Baptist Church AND an EVERY Sunday nursery worker. She loves being creative. Her “Happy Place”: Worship Music + Creativity (add a palm tree, and that’s how she imagines Heaven). She also loves social media… so BEWARE, you might find yourself on the pages of LifeWay Worship’s FB page or Twitter feed. Outside of LifeWay and Church, she can be found at a baseball field somewhere…watching her three baseball-loving boys (husband, Brent and two boys, Peyton & Palmer) play baseball OR cheering on her Alma Mater, The Florida State University Seminoles. Psalm 143:8