Monday, October 27, 2014

Hands {Day 27}

Photo credit: aussiegall

One of my roles in life is Outreach Coordinator at Centerpoint Church. 

I love everything about this role. From planning various projects to leading teams to seeing people get excited about showing #crazylove in little (and sometimes big) ways! 

This is the kind of stuff I was made for. 

Tonight just reinforced the love I have for my role. And for my church. 

This week our church is doing a unique outreach we've dubbed "Trick or Treat with Bob." (Bob is our kid's ministry mascot. He's an orange tiger, and kids love him.) Unlike most churches, we're not doing an alternative Halloween event. No trunk-or-treat, Hallelujah Night, or Harvest party for us. Instead of staying within our four walls on Halloween and inviting folks to come to us, we are going to them! We have 10 different host homes throughout various locations in our community who are just gonna pass out special gift bags full of candy, stickers, temporary tattoos, etc. And, at one location, kids will get to meet Bob. It's going to be a great night!

In preparation for the event, we had a "packing party" tonight as we plan to hand out 2500 candy bags! We carved out 4 hours to pack all the bags based on info from another group who'd packaged 3000 care bags in the past. We anticipated 20-30 people would come help put the bags together. 

Guess what happened?!

Over 40 people showed up and rocked it out by packaging 2500 bags in an hour and a half!!!

And that's one of the many reasons I love my church! They GET IT. They recognize that sometimes being the hands and feet of Jesus means showing up and packaging candy bags. Sometimes it means going outside the box and stepping outside the four walls to show a little bit of crazy love. 

This week I've heard the phrase "many hands make light work" several times, and it's so true. Tonight proved that to me. 

Tonight also proved that crazy love isn't just an event, but a lifestyle. (More on that later...)

What's your favorite way to show crazy love?


Denise Dilley said...

I love children! My crazy way is asking my mom friends to drop off their kiddos so I can love on them and the moms can do whatever they want!

Denise Dilley said...

What a fun idea. Happy Halloween!

Denise Dilley said...

That sounds like lots of fun!
Some kids will get lots of candy this Halloween. :)

Denise Dilley said...

I bake cookies for my students and have them over on Friday nights after worship (I work at a boarding school). They listen to Christian music with my husband and chat with me about themselves in ways they never do in the classroom. It's crazy fun--even though sometimes, I'd rather just crawl into bed.

Denise Dilley said...

That is an awesome idea! In the season I'm in, with young kids and low sleep, crazy love is just showing up for friends and neighbors. Grab a cup of coffee for the mom with a teething baby, grab an extra breakfast biscuit, etc. It's the little things!

Denise Dilley said...

Fantastic idea! I do a lot of planning for the kids activities at our church and I will definitely be remembering this!

Denise Dilley said...


Denise Dilley said...

Love this, Kristin! The little things are so important. Mother Teresa say "little things done with great love can change the world."

Denise Dilley said...

Awesome, Anita! I bet those kids love hanging out with you, especially because you pay attention to them and really want to get to know them. :)

Denise Dilley said...

Good, full-size candy bars, too. None of those minis! ;)

Denise Dilley said...

Shellie, I bet your mom friends LOVE that!!