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Easter Sunday is a great day to bring the community together, and if you’re looking for ways to get new members to attend or just to give back to them, there are several easy DIY things you can do. All it takes is a little creativity and some help from your fellow church members.
Here are some of the best ways to make Easter a fun, engaging time for those around you.
Host a car wash
Invite the community to come out the weekend before Easter and have their car cleaned by church volunteers. Make sure they understand that there’s no catch; simply hand them a card inviting them to come for the Easter service before they leave.
Fill some eggs
Fill plastic eggs with candy and write the name of your church on the outside, then give them to the kids in your congregation and let them hand the eggs out to anyone who might want to attend Easter service. These handmade invitations will go a long way toward bringing in new faces.
Organize a big pancake breakfast–complete with sausage and juice–for after sunrise service and invite families and the elderly to come and enjoy the service and a nice hot meal. Food is a wonderful way to bring people together!
Easter egg hunt
Get some volunteers from your church to help you dye dozens of eggs and invite the community to come for the hunt on Easter after the service. Even if they don’t attend the actual service, allowing them to come and experience what your church is about will let them see what they’re missing.
Feed the hungry
Either in conjunction with your local shelter or Salvation Army, or just using volunteers from your congregation, organize a big Easter dinner for those who are less fortunate in the community. Serve hot dishes and hand out invitations to the next service.
If you invite several new people to Easter service at your church, follow up with them for the next Sunday. Invite them to a church cookout, or plan a community event that will give them a reason to come back.
Spring is the perfect time to clean out those closets, so ask church members to dig out some gently used items and hold a rummage sale. Invite members of the community to come and grill some hot dogs for everyone. You can use any cash raised for the church or give it to the charity of your choice.
Author: Paul Denikin
We’d like to thank our guest writer, Paul Deniken. He was inspired to write this post because of his family’s annual Easter traditions.
Each year, they volunteer in the community by devoting time and energy to a service project the whole family can be a part of. Projects in past years have included working with Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up and repairing a neighborhood playground, and building a wheelchair ramp for a neighbor. Paul says, “It is always a rewarding and fulfilling experience to give back to the community and to model that behavior for my children.”
When he’s not busy with projects, he shares his DIY knowledge at DadKnowsDIY.com. Thank you so much Paul!