Thursday, September 1, 2011

Reaching Our World - Part 2

We have some families in our church that do a wonderful job of sharing Christ with their neighbors. Most of us spend a great number of hours on our jobs and we know our co-workers well - and we should have a real desire to see those that do not know Christ, turn to Him. But even though it doesn’t feel like it at times, most still spend more hours at home than at work and sadly, most of us come home and really do not know our neighbors at all. So, the web site I mentioned last week gave some incredible advice as to how to get to know those who live around us, with the ultimate goal of sharing the truth of the Gospel with them. Just as I challenged us last week, I hope your family will just take even one of these ideas and put it into practice.

1. Stay outside in the front yard longer while watering the yard

2. Walk your dog regularly around the same time in your neighborhood

3. Sit on the front porch and letting kids play in the front yard

4. Pass out baked goods (fresh bread, cookies, brownies, etc.)

5. Invite neighbors over for dinner

6. Attend and participate in HOA functions

7. Attend the parties invited to by neighbors

8. Do a food drive or coat drive in winter and get neighbors involved

9. Have a game night (yard games outside, or board games inside)

10. Art swap night - bring out what you’re tired of and trade with neighbors

11. Grow a garden and give out extra produce to neighbors

12. Have an Easter egg hunt on your block and invite neighbors use their front yards

13. Start a weekly open meal night in your home

14. Do a summer BBQ every Friday night and invite others to contribute

15. Create a block/ street email and phone contact list for safety

16. Host a sports game watching party

17. Host a coffee and dessert night

18. Organize and host a ladies artistic creation night

19. Organize a tasting tour on your street (everyone sets up food and table on front porch)\

20. Host a movie night and discussion afterwards

21. Start a walking/running group in the neighborhood

22. Start hosting a play date weekly for other stay at home parents

23. Organize a carpool for your neighborhood to help save gas

24. Volunteer to coach a local little league sports team

25. Have a front yard ice cream party in the summer