Halloween Outreach


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presentation by Dick Gruber providing recommendations for Halloween outreaches

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Halloween Outreach

  1. 1. Halloween Outreach
  2. 2. Scriptural Basis <ul><li>Matt. 19:14 </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 16:31 </li></ul><ul><li>1 Thes. 2:8 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Reach Kids? <ul><li>T omorrow’s leadership </li></ul><ul><li>R escue the lost </li></ul><ul><li>E asiest ages to reach </li></ul><ul><li>A cceptance unconditionally </li></ul><ul><li>T ruth is understood </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Halloween? <ul><li>Kids </li></ul><ul><li>C ome to your door </li></ul><ul><li>A re open to the supernatural </li></ul><ul><li>R eady for fun </li></ul><ul><li>E verybody’s excited except believers. What’s up with that? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Things to Remember <ul><li>B egin at a level of mutual understanding </li></ul><ul><li>L et the children come. No pushing, dragging, frightening, coercing. </li></ul><ul><li>U se kid language & concepts </li></ul><ul><li>M ake no presupposition of Biblical knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>E ffective evangelism is relational </li></ul>
  6. 6. Do not… <ul><li>A ttack Halloween </li></ul><ul><li>B ash “Satanic costuming” </li></ul><ul><li>C atch yourself alone with a child </li></ul><ul><li>D epict God as a cruel judge </li></ul><ul><li>E ngage in practical joking </li></ul><ul><li>F orce a commitment </li></ul>
  7. 7. Do <ul><li>P ray for wisdom in this effort </li></ul><ul><li>L isten to the children </li></ul><ul><li>U se deodorant and mouthwash </li></ul><ul><li>G i ve time of response in every meeting </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wearing a Costume? <ul><li>Look your best for Jesus. Make-up should be neat, clean, and safe. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the thrown together or unkempt look. </li></ul><ul><li>Include light colors in your costume. In this way, those driving can easily see and avoid hitting you. (no sharp lines, purple or green) </li></ul><ul><li>Dress in one of three categories of costumes. </li></ul><ul><li>Bible person, place, or thing </li></ul><ul><li>Historical figure, or </li></ul><ul><li>Clown/animal </li></ul>
  9. 9. Clown & Costume Rules <ul><li>DO Show an interest in every child. Look for children who want to interact with you. </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T show favoritism at the expense of other children. You may sit by or spend time with a child who needs special attention, but be aware of other children around you. </li></ul><ul><li>DO dance and make huge gestures to the music. </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T dance and make huge gestures in the crowd. You may step on a child and hurt him. </li></ul><ul><li>DO greet and meet each child before the program. </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T scare children by invading their private space. Do all you can to invite the child to come to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t rush up to a small child. Your sudden appearance close to a child may scare that child out of loving clowns and costumed characters forever. </li></ul><ul><li>DO listen to, and follow the directions of your team leader. </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T follow directions to an extreme, thereby frustrating your team leader or fellow members. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Clown & Costume Rules <ul><li>DO wear the costume the entire time you are serving the children. </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T take off a costume character during a program or while the children can see you. Kids love to believe these costumes and clowns are real. Ripping off your costume head or clown nose in front of the child ruins an otherwise harmless illusion and may scare a child. </li></ul><ul><li>DO walk the neighborhoods handing out flyers. Be friendly and courteous to everyone you meet. </li></ul><ul><li>DON'T walk alone. A real person must always accompany a costume or clown character. This person protects the character and helps with any non-pretend difficulties that may arise. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t enter neighborhood homes without the approval of your team leader. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Witness <ul><li>S mile, get happy </li></ul><ul><li>C ompliment costumes </li></ul><ul><li>A dvance the Gospel through genuine love </li></ul><ul><li>R esist the urge to be too in-your-face preachy </li></ul><ul><li>E xpect God to work </li></ul>
  12. 12. Space Invader <ul><li>G et down on the child’s level </li></ul><ul><li>L et them come to you </li></ul><ul><li>A ttempt to make no huge, or scary gestures </li></ul><ul><li>D o not barge into a child’s space </li></ul>
  13. 13. Salvation Prayers <ul><li>A dmit you have sinned </li></ul><ul><li>A sk Jesus to forgive your sin </li></ul><ul><li>A ccept Jesus as your Savior and friend </li></ul><ul><li>A dmit you have sinned </li></ul><ul><li>B elieve in Jesus as your Savior </li></ul><ul><li>C onfess your sin and ask for forgiveness </li></ul>
  14. 14. Concluding Thoughts <ul><li>C hildren need the Lord </li></ul><ul><li>H onor the child as you would Christ </li></ul><ul><li>I nvolve children whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>L et the children come </li></ul><ul><li>D o your best, look your best, be your best </li></ul><ul><li>PRAY </li></ul>