Block Party Success

Running into closed doors in your neighborhood? Open your driveway.

The harsh realities of 2020 brought to the surface the great need of community. The absence of others for a year of hardship helped many people realize that they cannot do life alone. We are reminded by the reality of the Trinity always existing in the community that we, as a people made in the image of God, need the presence of others. 

This fact was heavy on church member’s Gary and Joyce Aylor’s hearts. As restrictions began to ease up, Joyce was searching for a way to connect with her neighbors once again. In praying through this, the Lord brought to her attention that the first week of October has national “Night Out”. This was the perfect way to engage her neighbors and bring them together. 

She got to work and created flyers inviting those on her street to an hour-long event held in her driveway where people could come and finally connect with those they’d been isolating right next to during COVID times. 

It was a simple evening where most neighbors stopped by and said hello to those on their street. 

Encouraged by the turn out last year, Joyce and Gary asked their neighbors if it was something they’d like to try again. There was a large “Yes please!” from everyone. Another night of connection was on the books. As Joyce got to work putting the evening together, she received word from others of ways they’d like to help. A neighbor girl assisted in delivering the flier invites to everyone on the block. Many of the ladies brought snacks to share with everyone. Another neighbor provided their cornhole game. Kids brought balls to play with and toss around while their parents talked. Two new sets of neighbors were greeted onto the block. 

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It is always special when we can see the Holy Spirit moving in His people. It is clear that the Aylors were sensitive to the needs of those around them and what the Spirit was asking them to do about those needs. It is awesome when, as a body of believers, we see the Lord call the masses to what He has already called the few to do. In this month’s series B.L.E.S.S., Pastor Jarrett has given us the charge to go out and be the neighbors to initiate community.

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 People are desperate for the joy of community and the hope of the gospel. You can be the answer to their need. 

If you are wanting to throw a block party like the Aylors, the missions department has created neighborhood block party kits to help you get started. Pick yours up for free after service this Sunday in the Worship lobby.