Most people have invited a few friends over for a summer barbecue, but how about doing it for the whole street, or outside your church for a Sunday lunch, or in the local park?
You can put on a barbecue for absolutely anyone. This is an ideal event for a small group to run or for a church to encourage members to do for their neighbours. If you have a church that is well situated and has a lot of passing traffic at certain times of the day, you could run it as a surprise for commuters or passers-by and just invite people to join you for a free burger. Alternatively you could put it on as an appendage to another event, such as a sports screening or a film night. If you really want to bless the whole community you could advertise widely, get in lots of food and put on a big barbecue in a local park.
Find an open area, with enough space for people to sit around and chat. More visible and accessible is always better. It depends on the scale of your event whether the best place is a big front garden or a large open space such as a park or sports ground.
This event can be run at a date that fits with your church’s current rhythm of mission, taking into consideration how the event might compliment or clash with your existing church programme. Think about when is right for the people you are inviting. In order to maximise your appeal, choose a time that is not in competition with other events in the community. For this event a week night would be advisable as restaurants are less busy and more able to accommodate such an event. If many people in your community commute to work make sure you give them enough time to get back for the event.