So, we were thinking...

An event comes around every year that draws people from the community of ALL ages (though deemed of course to be geared towards pre-school and elementary). This event often falls on the shoulders of a children's pastor even though it reaches the "whole family".  We would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and executions....

 

This year we have transitioned (after 4 years of preparation) our event (aka CandyTown) into a church wide event (meaning each area of ministry participates by helping put an area together) to make it more effective and less pressure solely on the children's pastor.

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I would say that ours is fairly traditional. We do a number of booths/stations with different activities. Then we do a Trunk-R-Treat. We do have different ministries in the church help with different.

The one thing that I am going to aim for this year I am going to choose one "booth" and put together a team to build it really well. Then we will pack it away and next year pick another one. We don't have a huge budget for this so doing it this way allows us to get better and better booths each year.

Matt N.

Matt, we are totally in agreement with you at the "build a booth" project! That's a great idea that can build your supplies while giving those that are gifted in the area in construction in your congregation an opportunity to bless the kingdom with their gifting!!! Awesome idea!!!

You mentioned you do not have much of a budget- do you offer a "free" space to venders in your area at your event? WE do this to help reach out to the community businesses and to have more to offer at our event without it taking more from the budget! We have a Candy Store that comes out and sets up a booth, a Cider Farm and a photo booth company. Just an idea we wanted to share with you!!!

Trunk or treat is also a great idea- do you have good response from that?

We've been trying to think outside the box this year.  In years past we've done the traditional trunk or treat, with good success.  We'd like to do something where we're going into the community instead of the community coming to us.  So we are targeting neighborhoods within a short distance from the church where people from our church live.  We've asked those targeted homes to do something "more" at their house than just trick or treat.  We're leaving the "more" up to the church members, but some ideas have been:  offering hot cider, hot cocoa, doughnuts, hot dogs, playing games, etc. We'll also be putting some church information in trick or treat bags.  We're going to try to be Jesus' light in our communities this year.  I know this really doesn't give you too many ideas for your event, but I just challenge you to have fun and think outside the box as you prepare :)
Last year was the five time we did Trunk-R-Treat and it was great. We invited members of the church to decorate their vehicles with atheme and those that came out really got into it. It gave some people the chance to get involved that might have otherwise.
Candace I love that idea. With Halloween being on a Monday this could be a good thing to do in addition to the event at the church.

Candace- love your idea- We actually have thought along those lines also! We have been throwing around at our CHildren's Pastors Roundtable joining our efforts with other churches to have it be a community wide event at a neutral un-intimidating location for everyone! It's still in the works of course but something that we figured the "body" of Christ could do for the communinity rather than each church doing theor own thing! 

 

You definitely re-spark the flame of us bringing that back up at our September Roundtable! Thanks!

Matt, Josh, and Kate,

 

Good!  I'm glad I posted something then.  That sounds really good, Matt, . . . doing both! 

 

I really like the idea of working together with other churches in your area.  We had talked about the possibility of doing a VBS like that.  (Combining workers, funds, and kids)  It didn't happen this year, but it's still running in my mind.  So I'm not sure what God has in store for that yet :) 

 

We considered a couple other ideas too . . . I'll share them so that it might spark some other thinking with you.  1.  Another church that is close to us, contacts a local elementary school and "rents" out their parking lot to do their trunk or treat.  All of the people from the church do the trunks, but it's held at the "un-intimidating location".  I think they are also able to send out flyers and information with the students at that elementary.  2.  Our church has had an ongoing relationship with a neighborhood of low income families.  The neighborhood has a field in the middle.  We thought about the possibility of taking our trunk or treat to that neighborhood and minister to just them.  Let us know what other ideas might be sparked at your September Roundtable.  I'd be interested!



Josh and Kate Richter said:

Candace- love your idea- We actually have thought along those lines also! We have been throwing around at our CHildren's Pastors Roundtable joining our efforts with other churches to have it be a community wide event at a neutral un-intimidating location for everyone! It's still in the works of course but something that we figured the "body" of Christ could do for the communinity rather than each church doing theor own thing! 

 

You definitely re-spark the flame of us bringing that back up at our September Roundtable! Thanks!

The past few years we have participated in the community business event---the chamber of commerce puts it on and calls it the Great Pumpkin Caper.  We have done it for 2 years, the first year we all dressed like characters from Charlie and the Chocolate factory, last year we were all pirates.  We have people in the church bring in candy bars (full size hershey bars) and we print a sticker with church information and stick it right to the candy bar.  We were the only location to give out full size candy, as well as the only location to give candy to adults.  Last year we gave out around 1,500 candy bars.  We were lucky because it was a downtown event, so they did all the advertising.  All we had to do was show up and families came to us (to get candy of course) but we were able to talk to many of them about the church.  It was pretty cool.

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