At our annual Trunk or Treat event last night over 400 family groups visited. There were inflatable rides; fun games; over a half-ton of candy given out; free food and drink and all in a safe family environment.
Was it expensive? A little. Did it take a lot of work? Yeah. About 80 volunteers from our church made it happen. Was it worth it?
Along with the 1,000 children who had an incredibly fun night there were another another 500 or so adults who witnessed a church giving back to the community.
Everyone was smiling. Where do you find that anymore?
Every family received a printed presentation of the Gospel.
Every family was welcomed and told "Thanks for coming. We're glad you're here!" And they heard that without being asked for anything in return. "Wow" was a frequent response.
The whole event screamed loud and clear, "This church loves kids and their parents, knows how to have fun and do it in an excellent way".
At least one that I've heard from so far was able to share his personal faith story for the first time in a long time.
Once again "TEAM" was emphasized as a huge part of being a church.
Was it worth it?