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Summertime and the Spreading of Kindness: How Churches Can Connect with Their Communities

Katie Allred

Firefly summer time outside a church, gathering of people eating and enjoying the beauty around them

Summertime and the Spreading of Kindness: How Churches Can Connect with Their Communities

Katie Allred

Summer is upon us, and churches across the country are looking for ways to step outside their walls and connect with their communities. Here at Church Communications, we believe summer is the perfect time to show the love and compassion that lies at the heart of your faith.

We’ve been inspired by the amazing ideas shared in a recent Facebook discussion, and we want to share some highlights to spark your church’s summer outreach plans!

Fun and Games for All Ages:

  • Movie nights under the stars: Gather on the lawn for classic films or family-friendly blockbusters. Don’t forget the popcorn! (Inspired by Chris Bauman, Eric Dingler, and Susan Phillips)
  • Block parties with a twist: Think beyond burgers and hotdogs. Anna Bechtold’s church has found success with Wednesday evening block parties featuring free dinner, live music, and activities for kids (playground, bubbles, chalk, etc.).
  • Themed events: Tiffani Butler’s church offers a diverse range of options, from a treasure egg hunt to a Juneteenth celebration. Consider incorporating themes relevant to your community’s interests.
  • Sports tournaments: A friendly basketball tournament (like Tiffani Butler’s church) can be a great way to bring people together for some healthy competition.

Building Relationships and Giving Back:

  • Community baptisms: These events can be a powerful way to celebrate faith milestones and welcome new members. (Inspired by Tiffani Butler)
  • “Show Up for Justice” events: As Susan Phillips suggests, participating in events like Juneteenth celebrations¬† demonstrates your church’s commitment to social justice and inclusion.
  • Fill the Fridge: Hattie Carrier’s church has a fantastic initiative – collecting drinks to stock the fridges at local schools in August, showing appreciation for teachers as they head back to the classroom.
  • Pool parties and popsicle pals: Emily Castaneda’s church uses pool parties and popsicle giveaways to build relationships with families and invite them to other church programs.

Thinking Outside the Box:

  • Christian business networking: Ian Smith proposes a unique concept: a networking event for Christian businesses, with proceeds funding community outreach efforts.
  • “Bless the Block” and “Seed the City”: Ian Smith also mentions these intriguing initiatives. If you have more information on these programs, we’d love to hear about them!

This is just a starting point! The most important thing is to choose activities that reflect your church’s values and resonate with your community.


How can Church Communications Help?

At Church Communications, we can help you develop a comprehensive summer outreach strategy that includes:

  • Brainstorming creative event ideas
  • Crafting compelling messaging for promotions
  • Creating engaging social media posts and flyers
  • Developing a communication plan to reach your target audience

Remember, summer outreach is all about building connections and showing the love of Christ to your neighbors. Let’s make this summer one to remember!

We’re here to help your church spread the word and make a positive impact in your community. Contact Church Communications today to learn more!

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