outreach

September 19, 2014

Are Church "Fall Festivals" Actually Counter-Productive?

Two years ago, I wrote a post that caused a lot of discussion.  I thought I would revisit the subject since this blog has grown by well over 10,000 monthly readers since then, and many of you were not able to be a part of the discussion. For my first twenty years in Children’s Ministry, I planned and hosted a “Fall Festival” (a.k.a. “Harvest Party”, “Hallelujah Night”, “Fall Fest”, “Family Fun Fest”, “Trunk or Treat”, etc.) at the church where I was serving.  These events generally were seen as a fun Family Event that served as an “alternative to trick-or-treating and […]
October 18, 2013

One Of The Most Selfless Acts Of Kindness I've Ever Witnessed

It was all I could do not to break into tears.  I had never seen such a beautiful display of God's love and kindness - not in a long time. Most likely, each of you reading this post have someone in your life who has suffered or is suffering from the horrible disease, Alzheimer's.  It is a brutal disease that attacks the brain in such a way that it robs people of their ability to function on their own, remember important things, and perform the simplest of tasks. In the video you are about to watch, a woman who has […]
October 7, 2013

Are Church "Fall Festivals" Actually Counter-Productive?

Last year I wrote a post that caused a lot of discussion.  I thought I would revisit the subject since this blog has grown by over 1,000 readers since then, and many of you were not able to be a part of the discussion. For my first twenty years in Children’s Ministry, I planned and hosted a “Fall Festival” (a.k.a. “Harvest Party”, “Hallelujah Night”, “Fall Fest”, “Family Fun Fest”, “Trunk or Treat”, etc.) at the church where I was serving.  These events generally were seen as a fun Family Event that served as an “alternative to trick-or-treating and Halloween.” The […]
March 4, 2013

The "Atomic" Easter Disaster

It was one of my very first events at my new church.  Sadly, I was focused more on impressing them with my amazing creative ideas rather than providing a safe and secure environment for the kids. We have very little grass on our property for an egg hunt, so I got permission to use a vacant lot that was across the street from our church.  Now, I didn’t realize it would be a good idea to provide a crossing guard – or even a crossing area for the families to make it safely over to the lot.  So, it was […]
November 5, 2012

Are "Fall Festivals" Counter-Productive?

For the past twenty years in Children's Ministry, I have planned and hosted a "Fall Festival" (a.k.a. "Harvest Party", "Hallelujah Night", "Fall Fest", "Family Fun Fest", "Trunk or Treat", etc.) at the church where I was serving.  These events generally were seen as a fun Family Event that served as an "alternative to trick-or-treating and Halloween." The typical "Fall Festival" usually looks a bit like this: It is a family-oriented celebration/party. It may have costumes. Games are played. Contests are held. Food abounds. Music blares. Everyone enjoys themselves. Certainly there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with a Fall Festival on its […]