Back to Church Sunday 2013 is September 29th !
Here are a few thoughts which you might find useful as we seek to encourage our members to invite family, friends, neighbours and strangers to church and enter into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ in a local church community.
· Invitations and advertising material can be ordered thru Augsburg Press/Anglican Book Center athttp://store.afcanada.com/store/product/18746/Back-to-Church-Sunday-2013-Resource-Kit (Tel: 800-265-6397). Augsburg will ship them directly to any parish that orders them.
· The Diocese of Toronto’s website (www.toronto.anglican.ca) has some resources you are welcome to use:-www.toronto.anglican.ca/parish-life/congregational-growth/welcoming-ministry/back-to-church-sunday/ - there is a link in the left-hand menu to the resources page, including the winning video from last year’s competition, a PowerPoint presentation, bulletin insert, sample sermons and video resources to help parishes prepare for Sunday Sept. 29th, the date set aside for B2CS. Browse around and see what might be of use to you.
· Michael Harvey, the indefatigable founder of B2CS,has visited many diocese/synods and would love to accept more invitations. He has written a book which I highly recommend: Unlocking the Growth: You will be amazed at your church’s potential. Michael is learning a lot and his material has really matured. Additionally he is expanding his ideas to include seasonal invitations (Christmas, Easter etc.) and has a better understanding of trends. ( www.backtochurch.co.uk)
Remember success is measured not so much by how many come but by how many are asked. If we don’t ask who will? Whether people accept our invitation or not is between them and the Holy Spirit.
Flyer from Augsburg: gives details of this year’s Back to Church Sunday (B2CS) kits, which this year include a training DVD for Church Leaders, along with information on Michael Harvey’s book, Unlocking the Growth.