Attention St. Stephen’s! We have some exciting news to share. One of the five strategic objectives of our Strategic Ministry Plan was a focus on Inviting, Welcoming, Connecting, and Reconnecting people to the life of our church. The church leadership and staff are developing ways to accomplish this goal, and today we share with you one of them.
After the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, September 8, 2019, we will host a Community Block Party for our neighborhood. This event will be a lot of fun and include live music, games, and food trucks for you and our neighbors to enjoy. The Block Party will serve as the culmination of this summer’s Go Church initiative, and we would love you to wear your Go Church t-shirt on that Sunday if you have one.
We inform you of this event now for two reasons:
First, we want you to put it on your calendar and plan to be there! A party is always more fun with more people around. Please make every effort to attend.
Second, we want you to invite guests to come with you. A party like this is an easy, fun, non-threatening way to invite someone to come to church. If you normally come to the 7:45 or 8:30 a.m. service, come back for the Block Party and bring along a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker. If you normally worship during the 10:30 a.m. service, consider inviting a guest with you to worship and then stay for the Block Party. Doing this stretches our evangelistic muscles and helps us all be more inviting, welcoming, and connecting.
We think our Block Party is going to be a lot of fun and demonstrate to our neighbors and friends that St. Stephen’s cares for them and is a church they could belong to. We hope to see you and a friend there!
-Ryan Beaty, Missioner for Congregational Development