We’re so excited for our Easter services happening on Saturday, April 11 at 5PM CST and Sunday, April 12 at 6:45 AM, 9AM & 11AM CST, and we’re all taking on the responsibility to be the ministers wherever we are! We believe that the greatest stories of life transformation can start with a simple invitation. Perhaps it could be an invitation to watch a sermon on YouTube, join a friend’s LIFE Group or join one of our online weekend experiences. Celebrate can happen anywhere but it starts with an invitation.
EASTER AT CELEBRATE
Here’s what you can do to get ready for Easter at Celebrate:
Spend time in prayer for those who need God, as well as, who you can invite.
TIPS FOR INVITING
1. SPREAD THE WORD
Send a link to one of our church’s online sermons with a note that says: “When I heard this message, I thought about what you’ve been going through…”
2. WRITE A CARD
One of the best ways to feel encouraged during this time is to encourage someone else. Write a handwritten note to someone and invite them to attend Celebrate at Home with you. Use the print at home invite cards below (click the button to open the PDF).
3. TEXT OR CALL SOMEONE
Don’t let physical distance keep you from developing relationships and inviting someone to church.
Here are some text ideas:
- Hey, have you heard of Celebrate Church? They are having multiple Easter services online this weekend. It’s going to be so powerful! I’ll be tuning in on their Facebook live, so please join me.
- What’s up ______! I know we’ve been stuck at home for a while but something I am looking forward to is Easter at Celebrate! The service is really relevant to what’s going on in the world right now and will be really encouraging. We have multiple services online this weekend for you to choose from. You should tune in and join me! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/celebratechurch
SAMPLE CONVERSATION POINTS
APPROACH #1 - When you're not sure whether they attend a church.
“I was wondering, do you go to church anywhere?”
- If they answer yes, then the follow-up conversation is easy.
“That’s great! So happy to hear you have a church home. What church do you attend?”
- This approach works because it celebrates the church they’re connected to and shows them you’re not trying to recruit them to your church. If they answer no, you can follow up with an invite.
“Well, if you’re ever looking for a great place to go, I go to Celebrate Church and would love to have you join us!”
- This language is simple, casual and friendly in tone. It doesn’t assume they’re looking for a church and leaves the decision up to them. If they don’t ask a follow-up question or engage further, then you’ll want to leave the conversation at that. If they ask a question or share a bit of their faith journey, then it’s a good sign they’re open to hearing more.
Take the opportunity to share more about your church: why you love it, how God’s used it in your life, give them an invite card (print below), etc.
APPROACH #2 - When you know someone doesn't attend a church.
“I’m curious – did you ever go to church when you were growing up?”
- The key with this question is how you follow up.
- This question is an easy way to start a conversation, but the real value is learning more about a person’s background with church, faith and Christianity. There could be many reasons why someone doesn’t currently attend a church. They could’ve had a bad experience growing up. Been hurt by people. Maybe they’ve always wanted to but never made it a priority. Whatever the reason, you’re trying to understand why. So don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions.
“Have you ever thought about attending a church (again)?”
“If you don’t mind me asking, how come you don’t see yourself going to church?”
“If it’s not too personal of a question, what was the bad experience you had?”
- The answers to these questions will help you tailor a more personal invite at the right time. Use what you learn, and ask God for wisdom on how best to invite them to church. That could be during this conversation or another time.
- Is there something about your church they’d like? Is there a specific message series you can share that speaks to a situation they’re going through? Do you apologize on behalf of other Christians or churches that have hurt them?
Remember, you don’t have to invite a person the very first time you talk about church. That can be something you work toward.
DIGITAL MEDIA RESOURCES
Here are ideas for what to write on an invite card:
- Hi _____! Our family wanted to say that if there’s anything we can do to help at this time, please let us know (text us at xxx-xxx-xxxx or email xxxxxxx). If you don’t have a church home, we would love to have you join us online this Easter!
- Hi ____ ! I wanted to send you a quick note today to say that you are loved! Hope you are well, and I would love to have you join me for Easter at Celebrate this weekend. Will you join me online? Happy Easter!
Here are some caption ideas:
- Join me for Easter at Celebrate this weekend and tune in online with me. I’m so pumped for this! Comment if you want to join me and follow Celebrate Church on Facebook for more info.
- What are you doing for Easter this weekend? Probably having to stay home, right? Well, don’t let that stop you from going to church! Join me this weekend for Easter at Celebrate!