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Trunk or Treat – Churches find new way to connect with their community

There is a growing trend among churches in the United States and it is finding plenty of children willing to participate.

Halloween continues to grow in popularity, spurred on mostly by manufacturers of Halloween costumes, decorations and candy companies.  Many Christians struggle with the issue of Halloween.  According to most accounts, the fall seasonal celebration we now call Halloween originated from Celtic and pagan beliefs.

It was believed that as the harvest season ended and winter approached, the spirits of the dead were most active, intent on mischief and mayhem toward the living. Bonfires and costumes were supposed to frighten away spirits, while treats were set out, and sometimes sacrifices offered to appease them.

St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and the church eventually instituted All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, and later All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, in an attempt to Christianize the season. As Christianity grew in influence, the ancient pagan practices waned.

Many Christians still struggle over Halloween.  Some think that we should not celebrate it at all while a growing number are turning Halloween into a Christian event with Trunk or Treats and Hallelujah festivals.  These are bringing a large number of children and parents to the events.  At the Trunk or Treat or Hallelujah festivals kids receive candy, play games, eat and receive information about the church or the Gospel.

Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and Trunk or Treat parties have become one way to do that.

One fun way to share the Gospel has been with Memory Cross’s “What could be better than free candy card”.   The message on the card reads “Free Candy!  That’s what Halloween is all about!  Just dress up in a costume, say, “Trick or Treat!” and get Free Candy!  What could be better than that?  God’s Love!  That’s the sweetest Gift of all!

When you put this card into the hands of kids they will be fascinated with it and read it over and over says Pastor Lambert.  The card is so unique that even people who do not believe agree that this card is a great way to get the message out.

If people want to know more they have put a link to a site called NeedHim.org.  This site gives them much more information about Christ and contains some videos designed for children.  The cards can also be ordered with a spot for a church to put in their information.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Halloween Memory Cross Cards | Leave a comment