Sunday, January 20, 2008
January is always a great month...I slow down and think, reflect, pray and plan for the year ahead.
We are keeping our outreach on ramps, just strengthening what is already in place, retooling 2nd Saturday, adding Vineyard on Main and helping Impact...Love In Action for Dayton's World Impact Tour.
We will begin to up our training this year planning a few exciting all church intensives.
The first intensive is March 15th 9am - 1pmish
Future Past Creating An Outward Focused Church Doug Roe
Good Deeds Creates Good Will That Opens Heart To The Good News Steve Bowen
Being Irresistible...I'm just wondering...Boy, I wish I said... Doug Pollock
Just walk across the room. What's your story morning glory? Steve Bowen
The Good News Is The Good News YWAM
Kindness to go
January is the kick off month so it's Give em the Bag!
What's in the bag?
I purchase the bags and the sparkle filler from American Paper and Plastics West Chester OH nice paper lined bags various colors. Sparkle filler that we place in the bag gives the bag some eye popping color, and buzz...we've discovered that people like to dig past the sparkle filler to see what items of interest are in the bag.
1 package of Grandmas Cookies
1 bag of peanuts
2 granola bars
2 rolls of lifesaver peppermints
1 peanut butter crackers
a sprinkling of peppermint round candy
1 box of Kleenex tissues
1 connect card attached to the bag and 2 connect cards in the bag on top
1 instruction sheet for people doing the outreach.
Our Teens pack the bags the Wednesday night before a Kindness to Go! weekend. We always hear from someone who was on the receiving end.
During the weekend services we mention the outreach and encourage people to grab a bag along with some instructions as they leave the service. I usually plan for around 100 bags at the end of our 3 weekend services. Long Term Sowing. Bridge Building. People Equipping. Fun and Uplifting. Creative Sparking. Outoftheboxthinking.
This weekend is a Kindness to go weekend...We're doing the 'give them the bag' outreach. It's always fun to watch people as they realize it's a KTG weekend...Big smiles, some people usually new, pausing to read the instruction sheet then smile and grab a bag. Those in the know usually grab their KTG item on the way in to ensure they are locked and loaded for the outreach.
Behind the scenes:6 to 10 hrs.
Steve: orders the items from Sam's Club online.
Steve: drives to Sam's picks up items
Steve and Nicole: Unload items and prepares for packing
Chris and Teens: Set up tables, packs bags, staple card on bag and place bags in safe secure room
Steve: Goes through bags, fills any light bags, puts iridescent film into bag and places two connect cards in bag.
Nicole: prints out Instruction sheet and has them photo copied enough for every bag
Steve and Nichole: Place bags on Kindness to go cart and in wagon for each of the 3 services
Church: grabs bags and goes out into the community to do outreach on weekend or through the week.
Here is the instruction sheet information.
Kindness to Go! Ok, How’s does it work?
Step one: Grab a bag
Step two: Transport the bag to your favorite restaurant, after or before the meal hand the bag to the person serving. Say, ‘This is a small gift for you and your team.’
key… tip big and smile.
Step one: Grab a bag
Step two: Take it with you the next time you go grocery shopping, put the bag at the end of your shopping for the person checking.
Step one: Grab a couple of bags
Step two: Take the bags to your local police station, fire station, emergency room or post office. Say, ‘Just thinking about you this time of year.’
When asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Reply, ‘Just showing you God’s love in a practical way.
Be creative...choose your place, smile and have some fun!