The Apostle Paul testified of the church in Thessalonica that “the word of the Lord” had echoed from them throughout their immediate region and their “faith in God” was known everywhere the apostle went (1 Thess. 1:8). What a great testimony! And notice that it began in their own community first. They evidently were intentional about reaching their community with the wonderful gospel which had liberated them from idol worship and gave them hope in the Lord Jesus Christ! Here at Immanuel Baptist Church, we should strive to have a testimony in our community like the Thessalonican church did in theirs.
It is for this purpose that we are hosting our very own Family Fun Fest at Thomas Jefferson High School on August 10 from 10am to 2pm. This event is an intentional effort to connect with our community that we might have the opportunity to share the blessed gospel with them and invite them to be a part of our church family. To put on an event like this, it takes a lot of time, effort, and expense, but it is a worthwhile investment with potentially great returns which we look to God to bring about.
There are many different ways you can participate in the Family Fun Fest. The most important way is to volunteer to work in the event. This way gives you a chance to personally meet the people in our community which I believe will help develop your compassion for them and drive your passion to reach them. Also, working the event will serve to build up our faith as a church and unify us “in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).
We have created a link on Signup Genius where you can see all of the slots that need to be filled and choose the one that best suits you. Most of the jobs are divided into two 2-hour shifts, but you may choose to work all 4 hours either all on one job or split it between two. If you can also help with set-up or clean-up, that would be great too!
One of the jobs that is particularly important to me is being a part of the connection team. The connection team is responsible for meeting and getting to know those who attend for the opportunity to give a personal invitation to our church or to share the gospel depending how the conversation might go. If they decide to visit our church, there will be a familiar face for them to see.
If you are not able to volunteer to work, you can certainly help by giving towards the needs of the event. We are collecting school supplies to give out to the students who attend to help them as they return to school in the following weeks. You can buy the supplies yourself and leave them at the designated drop-offs or you can make out a check designated to “FFF school supplies.” We will also be purchasing some drawstring bag backpacks to hold the school supplies to which you may give as well.
I am really excited about the prospect of this event, and I can hardly wait to see what God will do through us as we send out the Word of the Lord to our community. Please prayerfully consider how you might participate, and pray “that God may open to us a door for the Word” in our community.