This Saturday our Church rocked an incredible outreach block party in the roughest area of our neighborhood. It was our third year doing this and by far our best year, especially as far as our kid’s activities!
The outreach was a huge success reaching at least a 1000 people in the neighborhood. We handed out 300 backpacks with school supplies and we had hotdogs, chips and drinks for everyone. However, my favorite part was seeing the CROWDS of people hoarding around the kids activities. Everything we did was a HUGE success and it was all incredibly SIMPLE.
So here is a list of what we did:-
- Face Painting (ONLY small & simple cheek designs though!)
- Colored hairspray
- Removable Tattoos
- Balloon twisting
- Old kids Craft – DUCT tape art – Decorating composition notebooks
- Younger kids craft: chalk & black paper, bubbles & play dough
- Obstacle races
- Free play (hula hoops, ropes, balls)
- Kids fun run
As you can see there was NOTHING groundbreaking! Everything I needed fit into a car and really once you have a base of supplies the cost of maintenance is pretty minimal.
With just a 10 volunteers we were able to bring TONS of smiles to kids faces! I’m learning more and more that Children’s ministry isn’t rocket science and that simplicity carried out with a high standard is often the key to success.
I believe without the free meals or the free backpacks I could still go out with gazeboes, tables and all these activities to any local busy park and draw a crowd!
After all what parent would deny their child free face painting or a free balloon animal?
So what simple things do you do to reach out to your neighborhood?
Check out our awesome recap video from our days events!