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Hello Great Family,

Do you find yourself wanting to invite friends or family to attend church with you, but it feels too intimidating? Here are three reasons why Easter is the perfect time to invite someone to church – and a few creative ways you can go about doing it.

1. The Easter Story is the Essence of the Gospel

The most important piece of information you could ever share with another individual is that Jesus paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross and that he overcame death by resurrecting on the third day.

2. Many People Celebrated Easter as a Child

Even those who have never been to church most likely have some sort of positive association with Easter. Fond memories are a powerful thing, and for those who have drifted away from God, an Easter service could be what sparks a new or renewed relationship with the Lord.

3. Easter is Full of Fun Activities

Inviting family and friends over for lunch or dinner on Easter is a great way to bring church home and continue the outreach to others. Asking someone to go to church as part of a bigger plan for the day makes the church portion less intimidating, especially for those who haven’t been in a while.

Creative Ways to Invite Someone to Church

  • Oakwood’s Easter Invite Card. Be sure to use the invite cards from Oakwood to convey the location and service times. Remember to use the free gift on each card as a way to make handing the card out easier.
  • Utilize social media. Social media can be an incredible tool when used appropriately. You can simply share Oakwood’s Facebook Event Page or use the attached pictures and make your own invite to post.
  • Bake (or buy) baked goods. Who doesn’t love frosted cookies or mini cupcakes? Whatever your specialty, whip something up and deliver it in person then invite them to Oakwood for our Easter series.

Who will you invite?

Now that you have three good reasons why to invite someone to church on Easter and ideas on how to go about doing it, think about who you would like to invite. Think of two or more people. Write down their names. Pray for them, then reach out with some type of invitation.  For added encouragement, we have put an “Easter Invite Wall” up in the lobby at Oakwood.  For the next two weeks, we are going to challenge you to write the first names of the people you plan to invite on this wall.   This will help the entire church see the potential we have this Easter season to share God’s story.  We can also be praying for the people being invited. It can also help keep you accountable to follow through with your invites.

“The Great Commission” found in Matthew 28:16-20 describes the Christian duty to spread the Gospel. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” If you desire to spread God’s love to those around you, consider extending a church invitation this Easter. What better time to spread God’s love and the Gospel message?

God Bless
P.D. (Psalm 139)