Guest Post: How To Give Back To Your Community On Easter Sunday

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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.

Community breakfast

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.

Think ahead

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.

Rummage sale

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!

Guest Post: Building Nurturing Habits

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“What Habitat does is much more than just sheltering people. It’s what it does for people on the inside. It’s that intangible quality of hope…”~Millard Fuller

Last Friday I had the amazing experience of participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build with thousands of other women across the country. During 2013-2014, 13,500 women participated in Women Build and raised $1.75 million dollars building at 325 sites.

It was so empowering to participate last year, that I formed my own team this year of seven women, including my mother-in-law and 19 year old daughter. It was so remarkable having three generations of women in my family build together!

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Habitat for Humanity does a beautiful job offering women the opportunity to stretch outside their comfort zones, learn new skills and tangibly address the issues of poverty and lack of affordable housing.

They also offered a lovely nurturing environment even on a job site, with the Habitat Cafe, catered lunch and the Habitat Spa offering massage, fountains, shade and plenty of water.

They seemed to understand the fundamentals of self-nurturing – creating a meaningful experience for women to make a difference in the world, while prioritizing caring for themselves in the process.

Imagine adopting this philosophy in your own life and building nurturing habits to make your work in the world more sustainable, enjoyable and fun!

I have found that when we start from a filled up and nurtured place, rather than feeling chronically overwhelmed and exhausted, we are more likely to stretch outside our comfort zones and grow. We are also more likely to respond to challenges versus reacting and contribute in a meaningful way in the world spreading love, compassion and kindness.

How might your life be different if you built more nurturing habits into your day?

What difference might you make in your community if you were not feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted?

What structure would support you in consistently nurturing yourself?

Participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build was a deeply self-nurturing experience for me. Connecting in community with other women to build homes was so meaningful, learning to tile a floor with my mother-in-law and daughter was incredibly empowering, enjoying a massage after a lovely lunch was rejuvenating and ending the day with gelato and champagne was such a treat!

I strongly recommend you volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in your community!

May you feel empowered to build new nurturing habits in your life to fuel your meaningful work in the world and may live authentically in truth and beauty through the art of self-nurturing!

Please share your comments below to inspire and encourage others!

Peace, love and gratitude,

Kelley Grimes, M.S.W.

Counselor, Mentor and Artist

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