Every winter comes the challenge to not just hibernate but continue seeking to engage in missions and ministry. Colder weather seems to limit outreach ideas to our lost and unchurched neighbors. But what if the temperatures that drive people to stay indoors could work with us, not against us?
Many people who are unfamiliar with a church environment need to see the church as a friendly place, a place where they already know someone before they attend services. So invite them and their families to a crafts and skills fair.
For a couple of hours, open your church and teach basic life skills and crafting classes in different parts of the building. Ask church members with various gifts and talents to teach and pull in others from outside the church. Encourage adults and students to rotate in and out of the classes they desire to take.
Consider offering these classes:
Be sure to offer classes designed just for children and open the nursery for babies and toddlers. Teach children to play a simple instrument like color-coded handbells, cook, or make a craft. For recipes and craft ideas, visit pinterest.com/missionfriend.
Whatever combination of classes your group comes up with, it is sure to be a blessing! You’ll be teaching skills, building relationships, and making people comfortable with the church body.
Sheila Gosney lives in Monroe City, Missouri. She loves writing to glorify God and equip believers with fresh ideas for missions and ministry.
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