Ministronies: Trunk or treat delivers candy, cupcakes, and good news
It sounds like an Italian soup with beans and lentils and other assorted ingredients, but it’s just a newly concocted word from the two words: Ministry Testimonies.
We often testify about what God has done in our lives. We speak of the mighty acts of God in the 21st century, but what about the acts of God’s people and their ministries. Ministronies takes a look at the ministry testimonies that occur week to week.
Trunk or Treat was a first time ministry for this congregation though it has been successful among other churches in other communities. In addition to the outside stations, children were invited into the church building for games and refreshments. Mission committee chairperson Heather Spence and the entire missions committee has planned and executed a wonderful, safe, and enjoyable evening for the children of the community.
Courtney Spence made somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 cupcakes. There were none left. Several committee members traversed the parking lot with several hundred feet of caution tape delineating area for “kids and candy only”. Tom Collins, Don Foust, and June Foust, Heather Spence, and Courtney Spence ran balancing, fishing, and pick a duck games. Shelia Corbett greeted everyone who entered the church building with candy and a pencil that said, “God Loves You.”
Elder Dana Ellis gave out wristbands that said, “God loves you” on one side and “Love one another on the other.”
Elders Gerald and Kathy Stegall handed out scriptures with their candy.
Pastor Tom Spence walked about 5 miles in a 100 yard parking lot telling kids and parents that God loves them.
The event took planning and preparation. Caution tape, ducks for kids’ games, prizes, cupcakes, candy, and decorations all had to be procured and assembled at just the right time. In western Oklahoma, a cardboard sign that says PARKING might last for 2 hours before the wind blows it to Kansas. That meant that most of the physical set up occurred only 90 minutes to an hour before the event kicked off.
There is always some grunt work involved—moving tables and chairs and just stuff that comes up. Bufford Westreicher filled this utility infielder role setting up whatever needed to be ready and then joined his wife Dora to give out candy and Good News wristbands from the trunk of their car.
But everything was in place by 6:00 pm, and the kids came. Boy did they ever come. Over 350 children with parents in tow came, enjoyed games and candy, and heard that God loves them. The weather was very comfortable, including the absence of the always present Oklahoma wind.
And the results were:
9 vehicles parked to hand out candy.
350 or more kids came and received candy, played games, and received the news that,”God loves them.” They were challenged to go out and “love one another.” To help them remember those two items that were promoted as “way better than candy,” each child was given a wristband. It said,” God loves you” on one side and “Love one another on the other.”
The event organization and secure trunk or treating area made for a safe environment. Some parents bypassed the 3 acre parking area and parked along the state highway, but there were no incidents and no close calls.
Was it fun? The children and parents and workers and those who parked and gave out candy had a blast.
Were there any surprises? Yes! The overwhelming response for this first time event was cause for some trunk based candy givers to run home or to the store and restock.
Why is a church involved in giving out candy on Halloween of all days?
It is part of Good News 2012, the local church’s commitment to reach every school aged child in the community with the good news of life in Jesus Christ.
Over 350 children and about as many parents heard that good news last night.
What was the response from parents and children?
Thank you. The night was filled with a spirit of giving and thanksgiving. The world had been invaded with good news on Halloween. Thanks be to God!
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