Outreach 101. A foundational principle of reaching out to your community is… Take a careful look at your community. What’s up? What’s happening? How can you help? Where can you serve? How can you give support? How can you participate? How can you make a difference? What can you do?
One place to go to to look for what’s happening is your local chamber of commerce. They usually have a list of events, happenings, gatherings, key city wide listings and partnerships.
One event that is happens every year is the local 4th of July celebration. In our area it’s a big deal. In the past we have blitzed the 80,000 people who attend downtown Dayton with free water and special labels or stickers. We partnered with the fire station and used their location as a reloading station. The EMT crew were always grateful that we were in a small way making their job easier. Also, the local organizing and planning team from City Folk were always grateful for the 40 cases of water we donated to serve the people who set up the huge event.
More locally our teens would go to Delco Park and offer free water and light sticks to the people arriving.
Asking questions helps stimulate thought and creativity. This year we are asking questions. We don’t just want to go through the motions, but to seek to make sure we are on target meeting need and making an impact.
This Sunday is the 4th of July. We are joining the Beavercreek 4th of July Parade. Our Vineyard Kidz will be pushing 20 Kroger carts full of water during the parade and handing out water to the people view the event. We will be wearing Vineyardkidz t-shirts. Our carts will have small signs saying free water.
The announcement will introduce our team and say, “The Dayton Vineyard is a pretty good church that seeks to meet the practical needs of our community. Vineyard Kidz are serving the community today giving away free water.” Simple, connected to the community and above all fun!
Cincy Vineyard: Small things done with great love will change the world.
Rick Rusaw: Good deeds create good will that opens hearts to the good news.
Steve Bowen: Serving others creates God Space where God things can happen.
It’s all a process people, all a process.