In the lead up to Easter, we want to dedicate a week - which we are 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 our neighbours. From Sunday 14th March - Sunday 21st March we’re encouraging you who are already praying for your neighbours to go over and connect; you who are already connecting to invite a neighbour over for a meal; 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 along to celebrate Easter with us.
One very simple invite that week might be to love a neighbour by inviting them along to our first of 4 Wellbeing seminars run by Betsy Rodgers '‘Let’s Talk About - Depression & Anxiety’, or you might invite a neighbour over for dinner instead of connect group that week and ask your whole connect group to be praying for you as you eat with your neighbour. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t share the love of Jesus with people we don’t see. Prioritise spending time together, not just so we can invite them, but because we enjoy them.
It’s Easter, why not invite your neighbours in to share hot cross buns on Good Friday or a meal on Easter Sunday?
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:
Or perhaps you prefer to share a story with cartoons? Here’s a link to a resource for Easter that Alpha has created:
We’re also planning to run another testimony training session with Ed Yorston, so put that in your diary as a further opportunity to be better equipped: Monday 3rd May (week 3 of term 2).
We are not responsible for how our friends respond to an invitation, but we are responsible to be brave and invite.
Our next mental health seminar is on Monday 15th March, looking at the topic of Depression and Anxiety. Book here
Easter services on Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th April, take a postcard and invite a neighbour to join you.
Our next Alpha course starts on Tuesday 20th April – here’s some ideas for inviting:
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 April 20th, 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 20th April.