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Tony Brooks: Halloween: An Opportunity for Small Groups to Minister

Posted: 10/16/18 at 9:30am. Post by Tony Brooks.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (I Peter 4:8 NIV)

Halloween is a pretty big day in the United States. How can we make it a day to share God’s love? Here are some ideas:

Trunk or Treat with a Twist: Lots of churches decorate the trunks of their cars and give out candy. The event brings lots of unchurched people. Give out candy along with a flyer with your church’s web address that lists some big activities coming up for children and youth. If you know parents of the children (and they are present), connect with them, and then ask them how to be praying for them.

Provide Cookies for Certain Groups in the Community:

  1. Take cookies to the local school for teachers in Ziploc bags with your website address on it. If you know the names of teachers, provide a letter as well to thank them for educating the children in your community.
  2. Take cookies to the police department, fire department, ambulance services, funeral homes, and medical personnel in the local emergency room.

Provide a Reverse Halloween for the Youth:

I did this many years ago. I encouraged youth to dress in costume (not scary). We rang doorbells and provided treats for the owners! Homemade bread, cookies, jelly…etc. is always a treat for adults!

If you want to add a giving opportunity, ask people in the homes you visit to donate a canned good to give to the local food pantry. In these situations, we are showing we care for and love others!

You can also educate the youth about the real meaning behind this day as the eve before All Saint’s Day, where we remember others who shared God’s love and are a part of the “great cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12.

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7