Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Will Your Church Be Celebrating "Jesus-Ween?"


    An organization based in Calgary is inviting churches to participate this month in "Jesus-ween," an evangelistic alternative to Halloween.  This is a new twist on the old practice of giving out those creepy (and scripturally inaccurate) Jack Chick tracts, intended to scare kids in an entirely different way on Halloween night when they start reading the little comic somebody dropped in their goodie bag:



    What about your Church? Any alternatives planned for Halloween? Do you even see a need to provide an alternative to the cultural observance of Halloween?

    9 comments:

    Patrick said...

    Hmmm, walking around in white "religious" robes seems a little weird.

    We do "trick-or-trunk" at my church where we fill car trunks with candy, dress up ourselves and the car with a theme and have kids walk around the parking lot collecting candy. It's more of a passive form of reaching out to the community. But I think it's a blast, especially working with teens turning a car into a death star or pirate ship. We always have a fantastic turnout.

    Brian Kirk said...

    Patrick, sounds like your church has found a positive way to participate in the day. For me, objections to Halloween fall in line with those who complain we shouldn't have Christmas trees because they might connect back to pagan practices. Since we don't make those connections any more, I don't see why we should worry about filling those old rituals with contemporary meaning.

    Sara Pascal said...

    My youth will be Trick-or-Treating for canned goods to stock up the local food bank. It is fun to dress up, go out, get candy and serve the community in a tangible way.

    Brian Kirk said...

    Great idea, Sara. THanks for sharing.

    Room to Bloom said...

    We are actually doing something on the 30th for the youth. We had them vote for a B-rated movie to watch (Wolfman, Dracula, or Frankenstein from the 1940's) and we will have a costume contest and a few games, food, popcorn, and drinks. Going to be a blast. Plus,everyone can do what they want for Halloween. We aren't competing for the day, we are just enjoying the fun side of it.

    MVHS Marketing Department said...

    we have done a Scavenger Hunt on Halloween night the last four years. i remember the Halloween parties i attended in high school enough to know a safe/fun alternative is needed.

    Ms. Georgi said...

    We're having a fall festival focusing on the story of the Valley of Dry Bones. We'll have story telling by our pastor, trunk-or-treating, a Bones Buggy (Hay ride), Cake-walk-of-the-dead, Tomato soup and cheese "hand"whiches. A good spooky time for all, but we're able to point back to scripture while reaching out to our community!

    Brian Kirk said...

    R to B - Sounds like fun. Great way to mix the ages.

    Ms. G- I'd love to come to your event! What a great way to tie scripture into the day.

    nathanscreation said...

    We usually do a sunset All Saints or All Hallows Eve service in a cemetary or old mausoleum. Focus is on remembrance of the generations before us and the saints in our lives today. As the sun sets we light candles in silence and just take in our surroundings. Afterward we'll do some fun stuff like corn mazes or hayrides etc, but thats just all a bonus to a cool way of doing 'church'.