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Halloween In The Park | I thought the devil was bigger

10.31.2011

When all was said and done, we had well over 200 kids and parents take part in our first ever “Halloween In The Park.” We went ‘multi-site’ and met in 2 neighborhood parks in 2 different subdivisions where our members live.

We set up inflatable bounce castles that drew kids and their parents in like moths to a flame. As folks walked up, quite a few asked us, “How much does it cost?” What a delight to be able to say, “Nothing, It’s all FREE!” We gave away FREE popcorn, FREE hot chocolate, handfuls of FREE candy, and FREE information about our church to anyone who asked – “Why are you doing this?” We even revved up the snow-cone maker and yes, gave away FREE snow-cones to kids who ate ‘em up on a chilly Colorado night! One mom said, “WOW, I’ve never heard of anything like this.”

The highlight of the evening was that we were able to have several good conversations with folks like Nigel and Cara, a young couple with sweet preschoolers who showed interest in learning more about ELEVATION church.

The other joy was seeing the ELEVATION Lead Team crank out the extra effort to pull off this service project. I loved watching the missionary flexibility of our team as they threw their hearts and hands into the night with joyful attitudes and genuine love for our neighbors. I can’t tell you how happy I am to pastor this great church!

One affirming outcome was hearing kids ask, “Are you going to do this again next year?” The cool thing was that the kids who asked were the children of an HOA board member who had questions about what we were doing and why.  Looks like this could become a tradition.

Epilog | …I know there are a lot of believers working hard to take back Christmas. I invite Christ-followers and the Churches they attend to consider ways to invade the darkest night of the year with as much light as they can muster. The strange thing about this Halloween for me was that at one point, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the devil pass by. The thing is, he wasn’t much more than 3ft. tall, and he was being escorted by his mother. My first thought was, ‘Hmm, I always imagined he would be bigger.’

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