Here is a helpful timetable to consider using when your church is preparing for taking part in the National Weekend of Invitation. For more information and ideas on what you could do, head to http://weekendofinvitation.com
Timetable – What & When
This simple timetable will help your church make the most of The National Weekend of Invitation.
January to April
- Make sure your key leaders fully grasp the opportunity to move the church from being ‘welcoming’ to having a culture of invitation by using our training options and encouraging the reading Creating a Culture of Invitation in Your Church
- Decide on the invitation event/s and/or guest service and youth activities you will hold during the National Weekend of Invitation
- Arrange your publicity, including invitation cards for making personal invitations
Easter Sunday April 21st
- Launch the National Weekend of Invitation to your church – the risen Jesus calls us to invite others to follow him.
May 30th – June 9th
- Take part in the Archbishop’s Thy Kingdom Come – 10 days to especially pray for those being invited. The Church of Scotland are also partnering with this, read the article here
Sunday June 2nd – Invitation Cross Sunday
- Teach the three ways to think differently about invitation.
- Prayerfully bringing to a cross the names of those who will receive invitations.
June 9th – Inviter Sunday on Pentecost Sunday
- Share the stories of those who have invited – how they felt and what God did.
- Celebrate their obedience – no matter the outcome.
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June – The Weekend
- Hold one or more invitation events large and small – pub quiz, curry evening, guest artist, debate, hot topic, guest service, youth activity and more.
The rest of the year
- Apply what you have learned and keep inviting – Alpha, Christianity Explored, The Pilgrim Course, guest services, evangelistic breakfasts and Messy Church.