Throw a Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter season is all wrapped up and I wanted to share what we did this year to reach out to our new neighborhood. We partnered with our church small group that meets only a few blocks away from our home to throw a gospel-centered and fun Easter egg hunt for the families in our neighborhood!
We wanted to find a way to lovingly serve our neighbors + share the gospel in a winsome way with them during the Easter season. All in all, this was a super fun event - even though only a few neighbors showed up! I will be sending out a newsletter tomorrow with some more details on the turn out and 3 LESSONS I LEARNED from this experience. Make sure to sign up below to read my thoughts and be encouraged in your own neighborhood ministry - no matter the results!
^^^ Make sure to pin this for next year, so you can host your own neighborhood hunt! ^^^
1. Do it together
I told Jordan this week that there is no way we could have done this alone - I can't believe we almost tried! Thank God for my small group leaders who suggested it be something we all do together! If anything, just the community that was built among all of us doing it together was well worth the effort. Our small group jumped in with both feet - stuffing eggs, making cookies and bringing food, cleaning our house, helping with yard work and coming early to set up. I am contintually amazed at how they showed up and served. Do not do this alone! You will miss out on some rich relationships being formed AND it's always better to not have the extra stress on you if you're hosting in your home.
We wanted to mainly make this a fun activity for the neighborhood to get involved in. We had eggs stuffed with candy + some non-candy options like stamps and stickers! Something for even those with allergies :) A woman in our small group also brought some baby chicks from her classroom that were a huge hit with the kids.
We hosted in the morning, so did mainly breakfast foods - fruit, muffins, quiche, cookies, prosciutto wrapped cheeses, water bottles, etc - all finger foods. Everyone in our small group contributed which made it super easy on me!
4. Inviting + Gospel sharing
I whipped up an invitation on Canva and pulled it into Illustrator to make several images fit on one page. We printed on white card stock and cut out. Since 4 families in our small group live in our neighborhood we each took several and left them on doors in the day or two leading up to the event. My thought is that with something like this any sooner notice would cause people to forget about it! We also included our address at the bottom but it's deleted for blog purposes ;)
Among all the Easter eggs were a few eggs with pictures on the outside. These eggs included verses in them that were read by various attendees and children at the end of the hunt. This provided a non-invasive way to share the gospel message through the Easter story in scripture. Jordan shared breifly at the end that if anyone had questions or wanted to talk more about that they could ask anyone there.
5. Following up
All of this is great, but if you forget to follow up with people who came, it's a lot less affective! I made sure to get the phone numbers of people who came in order to follow up with them later - I'll be inviting for dinner soon and plan to spend some more time walking the neighborhood with one woman while she's off from work for the summer.
Nothing is possible without first praying! Our small group prayed for a few different things in the weeks leading up to the event:
- good weather (forecasted rain but it was totally sunny with a breeze!)
- people to come
- open hearts to the gospel
- relationships would be formed