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How to Throw a Great Party for Your Church

How to Throw a Great Party for Your Church

It’s the time of year when fun church event ideas are being planned- back to school, fall carnivals and trunk or treat, Friendsgiving meals, and Christmas parties. Thinking about how to throw a great party for your church can be overwhelming as we don’t want to do anything that we can’t do well. Amen? 

Purpose for a party is where to start. Then brainstorm all the details, including theme, location, date, time, food, activities and games, music, age group, budget, and message. Yes, there can still be a message shared at a church party. Consider your attendees along with your ideas for church events and make it happen- an inspirational quote with a supporting scripture, a short homily, a welcome prayer, a send-off prayer, a food prayer, prayer request cards/board, or even a party gift with a scripture. All of these will plant good seeds for continued growth.

Announce the party by sharing it from the pulpit, printing it in the bulletin, posting it on the website, creating a social media event, and posting it socially. When you’re excited about something, others will be too! Get creative here, as it truly does matter. The announcement of and/or invitation for the party sets the tone of what’s to come. 

Responses are important for your church’s events. Here’s why: you want to ensure you have plenty for everyone. Still, need another reason? When creating an event online socially, you’re also asking for a response that increases engagement with people. Think of it as if you mailed an invitation, and then someone called you with their RSVP to confirm their intentions- that was engagement back in the day. Our goal with church event ideas is to connect with people wherever we can, and this is a golden opportunity in which to do so.

Thriving churches represent growth. We can all agree that this is true. When the community decides which church to visit or join, they look for life and consistency. Planning one event is a start, but decide to be in this outreach for the long haul. 

  • Is your church planning events often? 
  • What about children’s ministry and youth programs? 
  • Do you host special speakers and Bible studies? 

Yippee- yes, rejoice and be glad when the party day arrives! This is the day you’ve prayed over and planned, and now it’s time to celebrate! Arrive early and expect some early birds. We all long to be together and celebrate the good things in life. Enjoy the moments and hang on loosely, as there is usually a curve ball or two—document the day with pictures and videos to share in church and on social media. Plan to meet a few days after the party with your planning committee to talk about what worked well and areas where you can improve – as that will only improve the next party. 

Church party ideas need to be engaging. The dictionary and most people commonly define a party as a social gathering. The Bible describes how we are to be living testimonies, so let’s rally behind and build upon that. People want to belong to something greater than themselves. Let the church be that place! 

Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:  13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” Deuteronomy 31:12-13


Fall events

Download, Gearing up for Fall: Events, for helpful tips and tricks.

  • Learn how to go above and beyond to make members and guests feel welcome
  • Learn how to make your experiences, and programs as dynamic and memorable as possible
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We cover other topics that are essential:

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Cary serves as ​ACS Technologies’ Chief People Officer. He joined ACS Technologies in 2012 with more than 20 years of progressive and strategic Human Resources leadership experience from multinational corporations such as Roche Pharmaceuticals, Becton Dickinson, and Baxter Healthcare International. ​serves as ​ACS Technologies’ Chief People Officer. He joined ACS Technologies in 2012 with more than 20 years of progressive and strategic Human Resources leadership experience from multinational corporations such as Roche Pharmaceuticals, Becton Dickinson, and Baxter Healthcare International. ​

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