Spring is a time to start coming alive again. So, we as a church, want to recommit to our Year of Loving Your Neighbour.
We are dedicating this week - which we are again calling Year of Loving Your Neighbour Action Week - in order to push and encourage one another to take one step forward in loving one of your neighbours. From Sunday 5th September - Sunday 12th September we’re encouraging you who are already praying for your neighbours to find a way to connect; you who are already connecting to share a meal (you can't invite them over, but you can cook for them!); you who already eat with your neighbours to seek to share your faith or a Bible verse or the things you pray for them; and all of us to invite someone to tune in and enjoy online church with us.
One very simple invite to extend that week, other than joining you online to view livestream church, might be to love a neighbour by inviting them along to our next Wellbeing seminar run by Betsy Rodgers '‘Let’s Talk About - Trauma’, which will be run on our online platform on Monday 13th September. It's relevant to everyone right now, as our current lockdown experience is being referred to by psychologists as "collective trauma".
Or you might take your neighbour over some treats you've baked, a meal you've prepared or a bunch of spring flowers. Perhaps you can share with your whole connect group to be praying for your neighbour as you drop your gift on the doorstep. Or suggest an opportunity to take some exercise and a chat together with your neighbour to connect. We’ve put together the resources below to help equip and inspire you to action!
Always plead with God for people before we plead with people for God.
Pray for your neighbours, opportunity to connect with them and that they’ll be open to chat with you.
Send email to email@example.com so we can pray with you.
Reach out to your connect group or someone from your gathering you've not seen for a while to ask them to join you in this prayer
We can’t share the love of Jesus with people we don’t communicate with. Prioritise making contact, not just so we can invite them to share in our faith, but because we enjoy them.
During lockdown, why not invite your neighbour for a walk to exercise and get to know each other better?
Perhaps you can organise a neighbourhood zoom call to get a number of your community together?
Spring is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy gardening in your front yard or local community garden - you'll be amazed at how many opportunities this presents for a friendly conversation
Over good food & relaxed hospitality there emerges the time and space to have good conversations. Right now, it needs to be virtual - but you can meet that challenge!
Another option is to gift that good food to your neighbours. Even a small and simple offering could be just the gesture your neighbour needs during this time.
Tell our friends why we follow Jesus and what he means to us - no one can argue with a personal story, and it compellingly presents the power of the gospel in your life.
Here’s a helpful link to a video on sharing your testimony:
We are not responsible for how our friends respond to an invitation, but we are responsible to be brave and invite.
Online church is perhaps a less confronting way for your neighbours to experience our church. Invite them to join from home any Sunday at bayandbridge.online.church
Our next mental health seminar is on Monday 13th September at 7.30pm, looking at the topic of Trauma. We'll also be running this on our online church platform, so encourage your neighbours and friends to tune in. Head to our website for more information on this evening.
Our next Alpha course starts on Tuesday 5th October. It will be run online, so this is an opportunity to invite your neighbours and friends to join in from their lounge room!
– below are some ideas for inviting to Alpha:
Here are some different ways you can invite people to Alpha.
You could write someone an email like this one:
Hey, my church runs this course called Alpha. It's a series of group conversations that explore life, faith, meaning & God through a Christian lens. It’s a non-judgmental and open environment where it’s easy for anyone, with any point of view, to explore the big questions of life with new friends.
On Tuesday October 5th, 7.45-9pm, we could try Session 1 of Alpha Online together? It will be a fun evening where we can find out if Alpha is for you. Here’s a link to the video trailer . Let me know if you’d like me to sign us up, or you can click here to visit our website for more details.
Or maybe, include this in your email signature:
Got questions about life? Try Alpha Online! Starts Tuesday 5th October.