October is here, and that means cooler temperatures, homecoming games, pumpkin-flavored everything, and more family time. The fall season also presents us with an amazing opportunity to take the Church to our neighborhoods and communities. In fact, many families will be out and about on October 31. While we encourage alternatives to celebrating Halloween, this is a great opportunity to reach people for the Lord as they’re walking around our neighborhoods.

So what does this look like? We’re glad you asked! We’ve compiled a list of simple ideas you, your family, and your Gateway Group can use to connect with and serve your communities this month.

  1. Have a Neighborhood Party
    Invite your neighborhood families over for an afternoon of carving or painting pumpkins. You can serve light refreshments and enjoy a more focused time of conversation with your neighbors and their families.
  2. Give a Treat
    Rather than knocking on neighborhood doors and taking a treat, why not give one? Put together little snack packs or treat bags, ring some doorbells, bless your neighbors, and invite them to church.
  3. Get Your Group Together
    Are you looking for a reason to get together with your Gateway Group? Have a mini Fall Festival with your Gateway Group and invite the whole neighborhood. Get a bounce house for the kids, have a costume contest where everyone wins, grill some burgers, and get to know your neighbors.
  4. Set Up a Driveway Fire Pit
    Set up a fire pit in your driveway or front yard and share some hot dogs, s’mores, and hot cider with your neighbors. Rather than just dropping a treat in a bucket, get to know your neighbors. Talk with them as you serve them. Don’t miss an opportunity to interact with them and encourage them.
  5. Have an Apartment Party
    Find out if your apartment is hosting a party, and ask what you can do to help out. If there’s not a party planned, grill some hot dogs and get some candy to hand out to neighbors as they are out and about. Most apartment complexes have a centrally located community grill you can use that is sure to attract residents.