Summer is just around the corner, which means that new opportunities to reach our city with the Gospel of Jesus Christ are coming your way! The temperature outside will soon warm up, and everyone will start to come out of hibernation. As a church, let’s be prayerful and strategic this summer as we seek to love our neighbors, cultivate relationships, and proclaim the Good News!
God has placed each of us where we are for a reason. There are people all around us who need to hear the Good News – their eternal destiny depends on it! Paul understood the urgency of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ when he said, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14). Our unbelieving neighbors will not believe in Jesus unless they have the opportunity to hear about Him!
A great way to reach our neighbors is through the children in our communities. Jesus says, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mark 10:14b-15). Jesus loves children and wants them to come to Him. Jesus also calls us to have childlike faith by emulating the trust, vulnerability, and dependence that children show. There are countless ways that we can reach out to the children in our communities. Here are a few practical ideas:
1. Vacation Bible School: RVC is hosting VBS July 9 th through July 12 th . We need at least 30 volunteers to teach lessons, lead worship, distribute snacks, etc. Contact Emily (email@example.com) if you are interested in helping.
2. Backyard Bible Club: Host a BYBC by inviting the kids in your neighborhood and RVC will provide all the supplies for a 5 lesson curriculum. Contact Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in hosting a Club.
3. Summer Outings: Moms, organize a group to go to the park, library, or zoo with the goal of starting conversations with other moms.
Would you prayerfully make a plan this summer to reach out to the children in your community? How will they hear the Good News unless someone loves them enough to share it?