Invitation Cross Sunday
An Invitation Cross Sunday is essential for any church taking part in the National Weekend of Invitation. Otherwise it will be ‘just another event’ and could even create discouragement rather than spiritual growth.
When to hold your Invitation Cross Sunday
Sunday June 2nd is the recommended day – set in the context of The Archbishop’s Thy Kingdom Come and several weeks before the Invitation Weekend. See the full suggested timetable.
However, churches are free to choose the Sunday that will work best for them.
What happens on an Invitation Cross Sunday?
The aim is to release people from the fear of inviting and help them take the first steps to doing so. At each service –
- The sermon/talk presents the three ways to think differently and more Biblically about inviting others
- In a time of prayerful reflection, people ask God who he might be nudging them to invite – and put the person’s initials on a post it note.
- As an act of worship, people bring these post it notes to a large cross at the front.
What help is there for churches planning their Invitation Cross Sunday?
To help churches make the most of this powerful experience there is –
- A video How to run an Invitation Cross Sunday
- A video How an Invitation Cross Sunday impacted our church
- A guide on PDF How to run your Invitation Cross Sunday
- A suggested talk outline and short videos as part of it will be available in good time.
What happens next?
Use the following Sunday June 9th – Pentecost Sunday – to celebrate the obedience of those who have invited and have them to share what happened and what this meant to them. There are ideas and practical suggestions here.
“The post-its which festooned the cross, represented 196 possible invitations – 70 named, 91 with just initials, and 35 question marks. This seems to me an astonishing response.” Rev Paul Kenchington, Vicar Holy Trinity Combe Down