Halloween, a fantastic outreach opportunity + A new twist on a new tradition.

There are, of course, plenty of churches that will squabble over whether or not it is appropriate for churches to have events on halloween.  

The church I attend is big about Paul's call to do whatever it takes to reach people for Christ.  So if the people want a halloween party, we are going to throw a halloween party.

In years past we used to do trunk or treat.  It was very well attended, tons of decorated cars, live Christian music, TONS of candy and food. 

About two years ago they realized that Trunk or Treat is very backwards.  While this was a destination event for many people, it took Christians out of their neighborhoods and left houses that would otherwise be saturated with visitors empty.

Last year they changed things.  Instead of hosting a trunk or treat, we have started doing block parties! All that time, money, and energy invested in Trunk or Treat is now invested in helping families put on block parties for their surrounding communities.

To quote our pastor:

"This is a great way to get to know people that you don't know, learn about them, and find out ways that you can pray for them and serve them."

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This is absolutely brilliant! It's a lot easier to impact our communities and neighbors when they see us as 'regular folk' that they can connect with instead of raving lunatics always pointing out their mistakes. One of the first Christian books I read that had an impact on me was "The Kingdom of God is a Party" by Tony Campolo. I don't remember much about it, but I do remember that being involved in the lives of people and meeting them where they are is a great way to get them to actually listen to the message of Jesus instead of blowing it off immediately.
I'm not much of a Halloween party person, but this certainly captured my attention. I might have to make an exception this year!
Neat idea!
None of these are great ideas. Sorry people, but the truth of the matter is Halloween should not be celebrated or recognized by any church nor any christian. It was a day that observes the glorification of Satan through dressing up as witches, vampires, ghouls, zombies and occultic outfits.

No candy for me, we should be fasting, in prayer and worship to the great I AM.

Saint Michael
A lot of people feel the way you do. I don't tend to do much Halloweening myself, I would rather hang around the house and search on the channels for something non-macabre. But you have to know that those who have mentioned doing something on that night are quite dedicated to the cause of Christ and trying to figure out a way to take control of this holiday for good purposes. Eh?

Wait, I just noticed, Saint Michael and Sir Michael? Do tell.
Stevo reno,

The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." John 10:24

Jesus told them plainly who he was and did not lie.

I like my Father do the same, he sent me.
Hi, I am a true son of His. Maybe I should let Him tell the world if I am a saint or not.

You'll have to be patient with me as I try to figure out what you're trying to say in this reply. If there is a connection to what I said, I apologize for missing it.
So was Christmas, but I don't see people complaining about that aspect.

Much of Halloween's original meaning has been lost. Today, in the United States, it is just a fun holiday - sure there are some people who celebrate demonically around this time of year, they do the same at Christmas too.

Paul hobnobbed amongst the idols and even used them as a segue into talking about God - that is our intent here. You would be surprised how much evangelism you can start at an event like this.
Michael, I would like to ask you, "On Halloween, what we should do in God's name?" We do not instruct you on what to do with your life, I only explain my case (in the other post about Halloween) and why I 'celebrate' it. But you seem to feel that you have the authority to tell us what is and isn't of God and how we should handle it. So if this is a God-given authority, please allow God to speak His divine truth through your fingers (per se) and explain to us why it's a bad idea to spend Halloween attempting to reach those of His people that don't recognize Him as the ruler of all. Jesus constantly ate with unbelievers and placed himself in areas that the 'respected' Pharisees didn't appreciate. I'm not saying that I'm Jesus or anything and I'm definitely not calling you a Pharisee, but I am saying that 'participating' in Halloween (by passing out candies and attempting to spread the gospel of Christ) and placing myself in the company of unbelievers in order to love them as Christ does and build Christ-centered relationships with them seems to me something Jesus would want us to do. Please don't feel that I am attacking at you or anything as my intent, again, is to state my case and request that you fully state yours. I don't understand how the attempt to reach God's people (and abstaining to conform to pagan traditions) on a 'holiday' that wasn't originally created to glorify God (in the world's eyes) is such a bad thing. Please let me share a few scriptures to back up my train of thought. And please, share scriptures that state otherwise with us. I may be missing something. I'm not perfect. I will continue to pray for God's leadership and guidance. I pray you will as well. Thank you and go with God.

All passages below are NIV.
Mark 16:15 - He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Mark 2:17 - On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Matthew 9:35-38 - Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Ezekiel 3: 18 & 19 - When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.


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