10 Reasons You Should Be at our Christmas Carol Service This Sunday

10.  Because Chris ‘n’ Von, that’s why (see http://www.chrisandvon.com for more info)

9. You could win a soup bowl set in an amazing raffle that is free to enter (you could also win a tablet computer)

8. Because Santa is paying us a visit – on a supersleigh

7. Because Christmas is full of events where people just want to take from you.  We will be investing in you!

6. Because free mince pies and doughnuts.

5. Because as of last night, now we know the Tree of Life has moves!  Expect some dancing in the aisles this Sunday!

4. Because you are going to hear a simple, short message on how Christmas changes everything.  You will take this one with you – it will impact you on every level.

3. Because it’s Chri-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-istmas!!!

2. Because we want you to come!

1. Because if you don’t come – how can you bring a friend?

It’s at the Vue Cinema, Cook Road, Dagenham, RM9 6UQ – 10am, all welcome.  Arrive at 9.45am for a cup of tea or coffee!

Do Yourself a Favour!

It’s Easter Sunday tomorrow.   That is the single most important day of your calendar as a pastor and leader.

People will come to church who have never been before or only been occasionally.

There are many things you could do to make this service great.  Advertise, encourage people to invite friends, plan a new series and start it this Sunday to draw people in to returning next week.

It’s probably too late to make major changes this late in the day, but if you are pastor or preaching tomorrow, let me tell you one thing you can do.  One favour you can give yourself.

Make an appeal for salvation.

At the end of the service, clearly explain what Jesus did and how to become a Christian.  Then boldly ask if anyone would like to make that step today.  Then invite them forward.  Then…

1.  Pray with them.  Lead them to Jesus

2. Record their details.  Name, address and phone and email as a minimum.  Then call them in the week.

3. Lead the church in a little rejoicing.  Let them know heaven rejoices.

What if no one responds?  My first answer to that is stop being so negative.  What if someone does?

My second answer is this: even if no-one responds … you are creating a culture where people expect altar calls and expect non-Christians to actually be in church.  That can only help you build a growing, missional church.