Host this event to support a
great cause and remind kids and families about the joy in
The heart's cry of this emerging generation is for the church to
offer opportunities that address social injustice with ways
children can make a difference in their communities and world.
Celebrities and recent TV shows have heightened awareness of the
issues and challenged people to make a difference by helping social
causes and individuals. Today's families are looking for ways to
get involved too, so host this summer event at your church and help
families support a worthy cause while connecting with other
families in your community and church. And change the world while
you're at it!
Choose a Cause
Before you start planning details for your event, choose a social
cause that families will easily embrace, either locally or
globally. For example, you could help a local homeless shelter,
hospice center, or food bank. Or choose a global cause such as the
HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, peace efforts in Darfur, or safe water
wells in Vietnam. Selecting a cause to support will lend purpose
and meaning to your event and make it easier to solicit donations
from area businesses that are often reluctant to help churches but
eager to donate goods or services for an event that helps a
Team With Others
You'll want to keep your costs down as much as possible so the
cause you're supporting can receive the maximum monetary gift
possible. Solicit local businesses to financially support the event
and donate items such as food, decorations, advertising, prizes,
giant inflatables, or entertainment. Acknowledge businesses and
organizations that donate by including their names on posters,
tickets, and newspaper or radio advertising.
Police or fire departments, the military, children's hospitals, and
other civic groups are often willing to come out with their own
displays and activities for community events. You may want to
include other churches or nonprofit groups to help support the
event by hosting games or other concessions.
Ticket for Value
Promote your event as a ticketed one -- it increases the value
people place on the event, and it helps you promote it as an
exclusive activity. Communicate that all ticket sale monies will be
donated toward your cause. Local businesses or church members may
want to sponsor or purchase tickets in bulk to distribute at their
workplaces, neighborhoods, day care centers, and local grocery
Tickets can help you collect people's contact information as well
on the day of the event. On the reverse side of the ticket, have
people write their contact information, and then attendees can turn
their tickets in for a chance at door prize drawings and giveaways.
Input contact information to your database to follow up with
attendees, invite families to other church events, or simply send
thank you notes for attending.