Crocodile Dock is Coming

The time is getting close. Our church will have to mount up, flyers in hand, and hit the streets of the neighborhood. We have scheduled our VBS for the last week of July. The Uth Kwoir from Trietsch Memorial UMC in Flower Mound will be coming to Oak Haven to help us put on this event—more on that another post.

The family and I did the inviting for the Easter Egg Hunt in April. I think that event was a great success. One member said it was the best they could ever recall here. Now, I’m sure people are convinced it’s worth the walk up and down the sidewalks and knocking on the doors—why I wanted just us to do it for that event. Consequently, more of us will be a part of the inviting process.

Okay, I’m gonna goal set. I’m pushing for 100 kids. Depending on your church size, that may or may not sound significant. However, I think for us that will be a great (some might say impossible!) start in our attempts to revive our children’s ministry. If you’re at Oak Haven, don’t freak out on me!

For those 100 children (and their families) to show up they’ll have to get an invitation. I realize many people aren’t quite sure how they feel about going door to door. They know it’s important, but there’s something about it that sends shivers down the back pew. So, here’s a small list for you to consider when you (and your church) are out there getting the word out about whatever:

• It’s not always possible, but when and if you can, bring kids with you. One, they can have some fun doing it. Two, we’re showing them that what we’re working for is worth this time and effort. Three, people have less tendency to be rude to children than us adults!
• Just like that daunting exercise routine you’re considering, once you get started you realize the sky is not falling. As you go you get into a groove, probably meet some nice people and find out it’s really not that bad. Just get going already.
• Know the details of your event. Make sure you can give dates, times, contact people and other useful information people might ask of you. At the most absolute least, puuuuhhhleeeease know the information on the flyer you’re handing out (if you’re using one, of course).
• Let’s be careful, too. You know your neighborhood, and it’s okay to take precautions. Always be safe. I strongly suggest to always go with someone else.
• What a duh thing to say, but please, on behalf of the entire Christian faith, be courteous. Realize some people have their ideas of what the Church is about and what they want from me. Let’s not add to their (hopefully) misconceptions. Leave the earphones off as you speak, know that some people aren’t going to be all that nice and really, trust me, it’s okay to smile and be happy!

There you have it. Keep hydrated, wear sunscreen and have fun. Your event is worth the sweat you’ll put into it. Oh, and it’s hot around here; so, you’ll sweat for sure. One last thing: You can wear your normal clothes. You don’t have to bring out your best Christian t-shirt or cap.

Stay blessed…john

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