This fall season, try these 25 idea starters to reach your community in creative ways.
14. October is Fair Trade Month.
At your fall outreach event, serve fair-trade coffee, give fair-trade products as prizes and use fair-trade chocolates for candy. Set up a table or booth providing more information about the benefits of purchasing fair-trade products and how people can get involved.
15. Hold a “pumpkin chuckin’” fundraiser.
Invite community residents to see how far they can throw a pumpkin. Charge a small fee for a pumpkin, and award prizes to those who can throw it the farthest.
16. Create a community pumpkin patch on church property.
Invite people to visit, take pictures and pick up a free pumpkin.
17. Encourage your people to join in the trick-or-treating fun on Halloween night in their neighborhoods.
Suggest activities like leading lawn games for kids as they’re in between homes; hosting a table for the adults with hot apple cider, coffee and hot chocolate; and running a photo booth for costumed kids and their friends and family.
18. Organize a pumpkin-carving contest.
Give away prizes for different categories: Best Overall Pumpkin, Most Creative Pumpkin, Funniest Pumpkin, etc.
19. Raise awareness on National Orphan Sunday (Nov. 13).
Christian Alliance for Orphans equips churches to host a Sunday dedicated to orphans and learning how Christians can help through adoption, foster care and other initiatives. For more information: OrphanSunday.org.
20. Host a Veterans’ Day Car Show.
Invite veterans in your community to show off their classic automobiles. Bring in local veterans’ service organizations to set up booths and hand out information.
21. Comfort the wounded on remember those who have served, on Veteran’s Day.
Encourage the quilt makers in your church to sew quilts for veterans. The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF.org) can help. Present quilts as gifts on Veteran’s Day.
22. Launch a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) support group.
Make your church a place to which combat veterans can turn for help by launching a support group for PTSD and other issues. Ask military veterans in your church to lead the group.
23. Help Thanksgiving holiday travelers.
As droves of people head to and from airports around Thanksgiving, serve them by helping them get to and from the airport. Enlist volunteers to provide a free shuttle service.
24. Provide a meal and fellowship for international students on Thanksgiving.
Work with area colleges to host international students at either a large Thanksgiving church celebration or through families who sign up to host students in their homes.
25. Plan a multicultural Thanksgiving feast.
Partner with local refugee organizations and host a Thanksgiving meal for people of different countries, cultures and religions.