‘There is a hope that goes beyond the grave.’ This phrase is an awesome reality for Christians, but a bit of a strange one for people who don’t yet know Jesus! Why do they care that there is eternal hope when they don’t even realise that we all need saving in the first place?
Reaching out to connect with the local community where your small group meets is a great idea at Easter. When better to share the ‘good news’? But it needs to be approached with the Christian blinkers taken off and using words and actions that people can relate to. There’s no point running gung-ho into your local park and telling everyone about the ‘blood of the lamb’ – people will probably think you are more than a little strange.
It is weird. We celebrate a man who was brutally killed 2,000 years ago coming back to life. Christians obviously celebrate this as an incredible miracle, but you can understand why those who don’t yet understand the story want to keep a wide berth.
So here are some ‘Outreach at Easter’ tips and ideas that will hopefully encourage you to share the amazing Easter story with people around you without them crossing to the other side of the street.
Easter cards – spend some time together in your small group praying for friends, neighbours, colleagues and family members. Ask God to prompt you with an idea, encouragement or Bible verse to share with them and send it in a card.
Easter egg hunt – invite the children (and parents!) from the neighbourhood where your small group meets, or around your church, to an Easter egg hunt. Pair the eggs up with Bible verses to share. Choose verses full of hope that share the love of God and His promises of protection, eternal life and provision.
Invite friends to church – there are so many special services, events and family celebrations going on in churches over the Easter weekend. Don’t just go to them to enjoy yourself, but use them as opportunities to invite people who don’t yet know Jesus. As it’s Easter time you’ll find a lot of people want to go to church anyway, even if it is just for the sake of tradition.
Spring clean – take your small group out into your community and pick up litter, offer to mow lawns, paint fences, clean cars… Physically and literally show God’s love to people by blessing those around you.
And… PRAY for the people and places around you, ask God to give you opportunities to chat to people in your community about Him.
About Emily Owen
Emily dreams of travelling the world and writing about the great things she sees God doing along the way. Whilst waiting for dreams to come true she happily works for CWR, plays a lot of netball and is trying to learn Spanish.