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10 Ways to Connect With Your Neighbors

Everyone has a place that they call home.  So how do you connect with the people you share that place with? Connecting with your community IS possible! You can love your neighbors and share the Gospel with them right in your own neighborhood.

In the age of smart phones and social media, people are longing for face-to-face, authentic, community. Below are some ideas for how you can connect with the people around you.

1. Serve them

Serving those around you is an amazing way to make an impact. 

"It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,  even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." -Matthew 20:26-28

Jesus came to serve. He showed grace and mercy to those who didn't deserve it. As Christ followers, we are called to do the same. You can serve your neighbors by picking up trash on your evening walk, or by starting a community garden! Maybe one of your neighbors lives alone. Pay them a visit, pray with and for them! As you exam your neighborhood, what needs do you see? How can you meet their needs?

2. Bring them baked goods

Nothing brings people together like delicious treats. You can involve your kids and have them decorate cupcakes! Put some on a plate and drop it off on your neighbor's porch.

3. Host a 5-Day Club

One of the best ways to connect with adults is through their kids! When parents see their kid get excited about something, they want to be a part of it. By hosting a 5-Day Club you open the door for community and connection with those in your neighborhood.  Simply pick a week and time of day that works best for your schedule and contact us! We will send a team of trained teenagers to your house to play fun games, sing songs, and teach Bible lessons. Provide a snack, and maybe even some water games for some added excitement! A 5-Day Club is the perfect way to meet new families, and share the Gospel with them! Click here to learn more.

4. Hang out in your front yard

Whether its drawing with chalk, playing basketball, or just siting on your front porch, this is a great way to connect with others! Maybe you have a beautiful front porch, but you never use it because you feel like everyone can see you. But have you ever considered that's the point? By simply hanging out in front of your house, you become more real to your neighbors. Maybe they love throwing around the frisbee, and so when they see you playing with a frisbee with your kids, a connection is made! When connections are made, relationships grow, and it won't be long before you have a true friendship with those around you!

5. Host a Game Night

Game nights are a great way to build friendships! hand out flyers to the people in your street inviting them over. Have them bring a snack and their favorite board game. You'll meet new people and maybe even find a new favorite board game!

6. Have a floating dinner party

Call up two or three families that live in your neighborhood and ask them about a floating house party! Assign a different course to each family. Start with an appetizer and make your way to everyone's house throughout the night. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors, see their houses, and take all the pressure off of one host.

7. Host a watch party for your favorite sport

Looking for someone to watch the super bowl with? Start with those closest to you! Invite a couple of families over and have everyone bring a snack. Add some fun to the night by including some fun sport-themed games! 

8. Start a neighborhood Facebook group

Social media is a great way to connect! If your neighborhood doesn't have a Facebook group, start one right away! This is a great way to communicate with one another. If you find a lost dog, you can make a post asking if anyone knows the owner. You can offer services and plan events, all from the comfort of your own home.

9. Have a neighborhood chalk art contest

Engage with your neighbors through art! Have your neighbors all draw something on the end of their driveway. Invite everyone to take walks throughout the weekend to look at the art and vote for their favorite! Just be sure the weather is clear for a couple of days to make sure everyone can get involved!

10. Perform random acts of kindness

Random acts of kindness are a simple way to brighten someone's day and share the love of Christ with them. Leave a kind note on their door, shovel snow, or mow their lawn! Often the smallest things can have the greatest impact! 

-Hannah Schafer, Office Administrator & Media Specialist

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