Our world is full of distractions and it’s hard to grab and keep people’s attention. This can be a real challenge as you look to effectively reach out to the lost in your community. That’s where special services and events can be powerful tools – and why planning now for a big push in September is important for church growth!
September is Key
When planning a special event or outreach, it’s important to consider the timing and availability of your audience, and September is already seen by many as a month of transition and renewed energy, in this blog we will explore a few reasons why you should consider planning a special Back to Church event this September:
- Capitalizing on Back-to-School Season: September marks the beginning of the school year for many students and families. It represents a time of fresh starts, new routines, and increased community involvement. By organizing a special event during this period, churches can tap into the collective enthusiasm and eagerness for new beginnings. Whether it’s a community school backpack drive, a food truck festival, community BBQ, or a special National Back to Church Sunday event, churches can provide a welcoming space for families, reinforcing their commitment to supporting education and family values.
- Harvesting the Spirit of Gratitude: September starts the season of harvest and invites reflections on gratitude and blessings. Churches can plan special services centered around themes of thankfulness, encouraging the community to come together and express gratitude for their blessings. Hosting a harvest festival, a community potluck, or a service focused on gratitude can foster a sense of unity, and deeper appreciation in your local community.
- Engaging with the Season of Change: As summer fades away, September signals a period of transition and change. This transition can be embraced by churches as an opportunity to reach out to the community and offer support during times of uncertainty. Planning workshops or seminars on managing life transitions, career changes, or dealing with stress can provide practical guidance and demonstrate the church’s commitment to the well-being of its members and the wider community.
- Responding to Community Needs: Every community has its own unique set of challenges and needs. By engaging in open dialogue and active listening, churches can identify the specific needs of their community and then plan practical, helpful events that serve those in need. Whether it’s organizing a job fair, a healthcare seminar, or partnering with other community service organizations to clean up a park or school, mobilizing your church members and then inviting others to volunteer alongside you can, create opportunities for fresh dialogue, new friendships and breaking down stereotypes about “church people”. These activities not only strengthen the bonds within the church community but also provide an opportunity to invite new individuals and families to experience the warmth and acceptance of the church family.
No matter how you decide to connect with your community this September, it’s important to plan early and ask your church congregation to be involved. We recommend using t-shirts, indoor banners and social media graphics to build excitement and increase engagement.
In September, you have a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between your congregation and the wider community. By capitalizing on the season, embracing gratitude and change, and responding to community needs, you can create a welcoming environment that nurtures meaningful connections and shows your neighbors that you are a place of hope, love, and support.