I have mentioned before that in a small town, or community everyone is your neighbor. Sometimes getting to know them is easy. You can open your church up through activities on the lawn or in your parking lot. Our church regularly hosts events several times a year in our yard.
In the fall we host "Trunk or Treat", which many churches do. It really makes your church facility and family more open to the people right around you all the time.
One of the best, yet old fashioned ways to get to know my neighbor's is over a cup of coffe at the local deli, or the local gas station. I can see anywhere from 10 to 50 people in less than an hour, while I read the paper and drink coffee. Some may not see this as important, but I can think of no where else I would rather be.
I enjoy visiting at local sporting events too. It aslo boost the joy of young people when they know their minister cares enough to visit and watch one of their games. This isn't just teens either, infact attending children's events can often be very meaningful to them.
Say hello to one and all, and make contacts everyday that you can.
- Keep on your journey with Jesus today.