Fall Festival Fun: Make it Missional

Inflatables, fat pumpkins, face painting, hayrides, tasty treats, games galore! What’s not to love about a fall festival, right?

On my way to work this morning, I passed at least a dozen signs advertising upcoming festivals at local schools, parks, and churches. And my own church is no exception—we are all gearing up for our largest community outreach event of the year next Sunday afternoon.

Did you get that? Our largest community outreach event of the year! Yes, a fall festival is a fun-filled, no-pressure event that draws people of all ages from the entire community, especially those who may never step foot into our church otherwise.

A fall festival can be the perfect missions opportunity for your church, too. Consider one of these ideas to jump-start your own event:

  • Prior to the event, print door hangers advertising your church’s fall festival. Include all the necessary information—date, time, and location! Send these home with church members to place on their neighbors’ doors inviting them to the event. Or, gather small groups of people to prayerwalk different sections of your community and place hangers on doors.
  • Make sure that all of the activities and food are free, but suggest a donation of one canned good per family to give to a local food bank.
  • Provide a wide range of activities for everyone. In addition to your typical fall festival-type games, include activities for adults, like a cornhole tournament.
  • Set up a music stage and ask the church’s praise band to provide entertainment for the event. Perhaps you have some church members who could share their gifts of bluegrass music. Also, consider asking a local high school jazz band to perform as well.
  • Ask church members to decorate their car trunks for the fall festival. Encourage participants to decorate trunks using a biblical theme if possible. Provide candy, Bible verses, Bible tracts, and/or small prizes to pass out.

Whatever you decide to do, look for ways to make this year’s fall festival the first connection point for spiritual growth with those in your community who need to know about God’s love.

Melissa Whetstone is the design editor for Girls in Action. 

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