Outreach Event Ideas, Serving Events

Street Prayer Day

We had a day of street prayer and called it The Cardinal Road Day of Prayer because that is the street our church is on. In an effort to show the youth that our mission work first starts in our own neighborhood, we hung door hangers on every door in our community. On one side was info about the Day of Prayer, with an invite to the free BBQ, and on the other side were blank lines where they could write in a prayer request.

A small note at the bottom gave them all the instruction they needed.
1. We would be back the next day to retrieve all of the door hangers.
2. If there was one hanging from the door, we would confidentially pray over the needs. If there wasnÕt one, we would not bother them further about it.

We had a great response for the prayer requests and for the BBQ. Several people wanted to talk to us on the spot as we dropped off the door hangers, and also as we picked them up the next day. That was cool! Additionally, several new families made their way into our church via the free BBQ. Some of these families have teens that are now a part of our youth ministry.

Even better, the overall church leadership saw the response and has since adopted it to be a church-wide event.

Idea by Tom and Michele

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Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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    Olivia Arnold
    November 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This is an awesome idea! Our church is currently in a middle school that is located in a neighborhood so I don’t know if we can get away with this but if so I am in!

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    Tammy Moore
    January 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I really appreciate the idea-which is great because we have a street ministry and inviting the youth is a great idea.

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    Angela W
    February 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for the idea!!! Going to try this tomorrow with my youth group. Pants clothes hangers work best as they have clips to clip the paper into =)

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    Angela W
    February 25, 2015 at 12:00 am

    5 Stars =)

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    ashvath
    May 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    God bless you
    I got something

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    Bunny
    December 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Love this idea

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    Rebecca
    August 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Service day ideas

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