It’s that time of year when we invite members of our church to fill the parking lot with cars covered by DIY costumes and pack their trunks with candy corn and peanut butter cups. Trunk or Treat provides a fun, safe activity for kids and families in our community, but it is about so much more than that!
Trunk or Treat is what I call a front porch event. In our culture we don’t spend much time on the front porch any more. In fact, our porches have grown smaller and our decks bigger. We are spending less time on the front porch interacting with our neighbors and more time cloistered in our back yards on our big decks surrounded by our privacy fences. The church is no different. It is easy for us stay cloistered behind closed doors. Events like Trunk or Treat provide us a unique opportunity to interact with our neighbors and our community, inviting them into our home to experience the love we share in Christ.
So we’ve got the kids, cars, and candy ready to go—but how do we make sure this amounts to more than just a night of fun and nauseating amounts of sugar? That’s where we as the church body come in.
- Serve. Very practically, to make this event happen we need your help. We need you to donate candy. It takes over 100,000 pieces of candy to make this event happen. To make this a fun, safe, and welcoming environment, we need help with greeting, parking, leading games, hosting trunks, and more. To serve, click here.
- Share. Use social media to share the event. Take the time to personally invite friends and family to attend.
- Attend. Bring your family out for this fun event. While you are here look for opportunities to connect with other families from our community. Welcome them and help them feel at home at Grace Heartland Church.
- Pray. The best thing you can do is to pray. In the days leading up to this event: pray. Pray for people you are inviting to attend. Pray for the people from our community who don’t have a church home, who might not ever feel comfortable walking in to a church but will join us on this night. Pray that we will leverage this opportunity to share the love of Christ with literally thousands of people in our community. Pray that through this event God might be glorified in our community.
As you serve, share, attend, and pray here are some important details:
Trunk or Treat – Friday, October 23rd @ 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss our annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year featuring D.J. James Hummel, illusionist Jeff Russ, the Nutty Scientists, Rachel’s Face Painting, 50 Trunks filled with thousands of pieces of candy, tasty treats, fireworks, and much more!
Please consider parking at First Presbyterian Church. This year we are offering a hayride to shuttle people between First Presbyterian Church and Grace Heartland.
New This Year: Play while you wait. We know that you have to spend a lot of time waiting in line, but this year the wait just might be the best part. Along the line you will find fun games to play, a chance to pet and dress up live ponies, up-close illusions with Jeff Russ, character meet and greets, and much more! Don’t want to wait? Skip the line and head straight to the field for games, the inflatable fun zone, and live entertainment with DJ James Hummel.
Give back: This year we are collecting new toys that will be distributed to children at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
Adam Castenir, Children’s Minister