Never underestimate an invitation. Taking the initiative will open doors. When we begin to build relationships, opportunities for spiritual conversations will present themselves. God is at work. Check out these ideas that could help you show God’s love to those around you.
Neighbors and co-workers: Invite someone over for coffee or a meal. Ask people to go out to lunch. Take cookies or a loaf of bread. Attend socials, get involved in a club, tennis team, etc. Initiate fun events for team members or classmates – go bowling, rock climbing, hiking, attend a painting class…
New neighbors/co-workers/team members: Look for “sold” signs and newly-filled offices/cubicles. Take a meal, brownies, flowers, or office supplies to meet and welcome new people. Put together a welcome packet. Be friendly and genuine. Make sure you leave a method for them to contact you.
New baby: Drop by with a simple baby gift or a meal. Look for opportunities to come alongside, pray for, and befriend a new mom.
Children: Organize a babysitting co-op, Bible club, birthday party for Jesus, an Easter party... How about a Saturday pancake breakfast? Invite neighborhood children to church or a movie night with The Story of Jesus for Children.
Couples: Plan a chili cook-off, progressive dinner, or supper club. Organize a movie or game night. Invest and invite!
Families: Organize a block party, plan a picnic, or host a family movie night. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows in a backyard fire pit or take it out front. Place a Turquoise Table in your front yard and join the movement #FrontYardPeople. Check out www.kristinschell.com/frontyardpeople. She offers fantastic ideas to be available and invest in those where you live.
Teenagers: Open your home for youth gatherings. Host Cru High School, Young Life, or a church youth group and invite teen-aged neighbors to attend. Go to local high school events, host 5th Quarter (after football game parties), and invite them over for pizza. Keep popcorn on hand or other easy snacks.
Visit and/or provide meals for those experiencing sickness or hardship.
Run errands, clean house, or do yard work for single moms and widows.
Love on those who have lost loved ones. Be proactive.
Ask how you can help others and don’t be afraid to ask for help for yourself and your family.