Combining Big Events with Sundays to Make Big Sundays and Even Bigger Events

Your church probably does some big events every year.

You may do an Easter Egg Hunt, a Fall Festival, Trunk or Treat, a Summer Kickoff, Church Picnic, etc.

And these events often fall outside of Sundays.

But what if they didn’t?

That was the question we decided to answer this year.

So we decided to take the big events we normally do –  a Church Picnic, Summer Fun Day, and Fall Festival – and combine them with 5th Sundays to make big Sundays and even Bigger Events.

 

From a Kid’s/Family Leader’s perspective, here’s why this is great:

1) Instead of recruiting volunteers to give another day of their week to an event, you’re just asking them to stay a little longer after church.

2) You save energy and time by planning your Sunday around the event, rather than separately.

3) You’ll have a better attendance because you aren’t asking families to come a different day of the week, and by the time church ends and the event begins kids will be begging their parents to stay longer.

4) Families can invite friends to church and the event at the same time.

5) You’re leveraging the time of year, rather than trying to directly compete with holidays or other community events.

From your Senior Pastors’ perspective, here’s why this is great:

1) You’re getting a bigger bang for your buck by doing an event that kids can attend during Sunday services and families can attend after services.

2) [Repeat] Families can invite friends to church and the event at the same time.

3) It’s not going to be as big an energy drain for the church/volunteers, since it’s on a day people will be at church anyway.

Here’s a really practical example:

In past years our church has done a Memorial Day picnic.

So this year we decided to move the picnic to the 5th Sunday in April and rebrand it as a Spring Festival (Bonus: It’s also a great opportunity to invite guests back from Easter).

Then during our church services we’ll bring the kids outside to play on the bounce houses, have a nerf gun shooting range, play gaga ball, and end with a short gospel message.

And after church, all those activities will remain open during the picnic.

The only things we changed about our usual picnic is the (1) day and (2) extending it into our morning services.

It really doesn’t take a huge effort to adapt an event to fit into a Sunday, but the impact can be so much greater than doing it separate from a Sunday.

If you have any questions, leave a comment.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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