It’s that time of year when people are focused on scary stuff and candy. It’s fun to dress up and pretend plus my sweet tooth is as bad as anyone’s. Yet, it’s also a time for us to remember the Saints that have gone before us to join the Church Universal.
Lots of churches (including my own) have started a tradition of “Trunk or Treat” where members of the church decorate their cars and hand out candy to the community kids so that they have a safe way to have fun. We’ve found that these ways of reaching out to the neighborhood are a good form of outreach and an introduction to our church. We also had a Rally Day to kick off the school year and a church campout at Camp Wilderness. Each of these events introduces the community to the church and plants the seed for them to start learning about God and changing their lives.
That weekend is also an opportunity for us to remember those that have gone before us – we take a moment this time of year to remember those that “joined the Church Universal” in the past 12 months. This can be a time of happy memories or that makes us miss those that we’ve lost. Of course, with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, they will be having times that they are hurting even more than usual in the next couple months. So, it’s a good time for us to reach out and offer a helping hand, a shoulder to cry one, or a listening ear. This time of year can be Scary but it can also be Sweet as we find ways to make our lives ones that have more meaning.
by Mark Whitaker
Youth & Young Adult Director and Communications Coordinator
Avondale United Methodist Church in Kansas City MO (North of the River)
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