Ideas that Work

Mobile Car Wash

One week before vacation Bible school, a group from our church, mostly VBS teachers and helpers, went to the homes of unchurched families in the community to wash cars for free. We took a pickup truck filled with rags, buckets, hoses, and Windex. At each house, we explained what we were doing, washed the cars, talked with the people, and handed out invitations to VBS.

The day before the Bible school began, a woman from the church returned to each of the homes with a fresh reminder.

Drive-in Movie Night

Near the end of summer vacation, in order to give junior highers the opportunity to meet incoming seventh graders and to introduce their friends to the church in a nonthreatening way, we held a Drive-In Movie Night.

The teens were dropped off at the church parking lot near dusk. Each brought a lawn chair and a can of soda. The church provided popcorn.

We used a king-size bedsheet for the screen and a portable sound system. Teens enjoyed a fun night of harmless '50s drive-in ...

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