where love is alive 

      We are just two weeks away from Trunk or Treat!  This has become one of the largest attended events we have at North Cleveland, which gives us the perfect opportunity for outreach right here on our own campus.  Something as simple as handing a child a piece of candy or an adult a free bag of popcorn is showing them that we care.  However, we want to be more intentional with our outreach efforts and are adding a couple new stations this year.

      The first addition is a prayer tent. It is very difficult for those serving hot dogs, snow cones, etc. to be able to strike up a conversation with someone when there is a line of people waiting behind them.  However, if we have members of our church family stationed to initiate conversations with our guests throughout the evening, it opens the door to simply let them know we care about them and would like to pray for them or even with them at that moment.  We can get prayer requests and contact information to use for follow-up after the event. 

      The second addition is a station near the registration tables highlighting our church and the ministries we have to offer. Many who attend Trunk or Treat may already have a church home, but several who come through may be looking for a church to attend.  This will also be a wonderful way to share our many preschool, children’s and youth programs with parents and caregivers.  This station will also provide church members an opportunity to make some personal connections with our guests.

      I would like to send a special thanks to those who have donated candy and volunteered to be present that evening to help in so many ways!  If you haven’t signed up for a spot, it’s not too late to do so! 

      Lastly, I would like to remind those who are providing trunks, please only plan to distribute candy and not include a game with your trunk.  We are hoping this will help the line move a bit faster.  If you would like to provide a game for the children to play, I will be happy to have a spot for you in another area.  They love the games, too!

      Thank you for always supporting the ministries for our children and families.  None of this could be possible without YOU!

                                                                                                                                                    With a grateful heart,

                                                                                                                                                                       Holly

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