The Shawnee Reformed Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas, has enjoyed hosting many outreach-oriented programs for the church and community. Each Thursday night during June and July, many church members and friends from the community gathered to play various sports. This was a great way to invite friends to church and to encourage fellowship throughout the week.
We also hosted a movie on the lawn this fall. Those in attendance enjoyed hot chocolate and popcorn while watching Defending the Giants, a Christian football movie, that reminded us to trust in God while facing various difficulties in life
Every month on the third-Friday, we host a board game night. Many co-workers and friends have joined us throughout the year to fellowship in this way. It has proven to be a great way to introduce people to the church and to have a comfortable setting to get to know them.
One of our biggest outreach events of the year consisted of our Fall Party held on Saturday, November 3rd. About a hundred and fifty people joined to play games, eat funnel cakes, play in the bounce houses, and enjoy chili and cinnamon rolls. Church members invited teammates from their soccer teams, family members, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors from around the area.
“We are hoping that through these activities many will feel comfortable to join us for worship on Sabbath and that relationships will be strengthened.”
We want to exhibit Colossians 4:6 in the way that we interact with others. “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Being hospitable and inviting is one way that we can get to know our neighbors and share the love of Christ with those around us.
Seth Wing, Member of Shawnee RPC