Each July 3rd the Town of Munster shoots off fireworks at the High School football field that is barely a block south of Ridge UMC. Our front lawn provides some of the best seats in town for viewing the fireworks and we’ve managed to capitalize on this the last several years.
Each July 3rd we set up a big booth and sell popcorn, candy, burgers, brats, drinks, etc. All of the proceeds go to support our Vacation Bible School that is offered free to more than 100 kids in our community each summer. This year it seemed that the stars aligned perfectly and we made about twice as much as we usually do.
In addition to the event serving as a fundraiser it is also an incredible opportunity for us to offer hospitality to our neighbors. We easily had more than 1,500 people on our lawn and in our parking lot throughout the course of the evening and it was so much fun to watch our members serve as hosts for our guests. While it wasn’t advertised, the church was open and restrooms were available. Members of the church were strolling through the lawn visiting with our guests. Information was passed out about Vacation Bible School and invitations were extended for Vacation Bible School as well as worship. It was a wonderful evening.
What kinds of unique opportunities do others have to reach out to the community? What is being done with those opportunities?