This past Sunday, January 24, we launched our first "Reaching Challenge." The purpose: pay a friendly visit to recent Shandon guests. Open to anyone who'd like to reach out to new guests, the Reaching Challenge is an opportunity to help new folks feel welcomed and noticed and to give them an opportunity to meet other Shandon members and ask questions.
This past Sunday, we gathered at 4pm in the gym for quick instructions and to pick up bags of homemade chocolate chip cookies--after all, you can't visit empty-handed! We've had a lot of guests visit Shandon in recent weeks--an awesome blessing but somewhat of an overwhelming task to visit so many. Our hope was to assemble about 50 volunteers in groups of 2 or 3 with the goal of visiting about 50 homes in total.
Well, God blew away what we anticipated when 70 people showed up and we were able to visit 82 homes! What a great afternoon! While some people weren't home and we were only able to leave the gift at the door, we were also able to meet a ton of new people. When we mentioned we were from Shandon, we received big smiles and thank you's! We had great conversations on doorsteps and porches and in living rooms.
Would you consider joining us for next month's Reaching Challenge?
It's really quite simple and a lot of fun: meet in the gym at 4pm for brief instructions, to partner with a friend or two, and to pick up your cookies and guest information. Visit guests to give them a gift bag, tell them thanks for visiting our church, and see if they have any questions.