Timetable – What & When

The following is a simple ‘top line’ guide showing how your church’s involvement with The National Weekend of Invitation can work.

January to April

  • Make use of the range of training options to help your church members think differently and encouraging the reading ofCreating a Culture of Invitation in Your Church
  • Decide what guest event/s will be most suitable for you during the Weekend
  • Arrange your publicity, including invitation cards for making personal invitations

May 10th to 20th

  • As part of your preparation, use Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishop’s season of Pentecost prayer focusing on evangelism

Sunday May 13th

  • This is ideal day for your Invitation Cross Sunday – in the context of the launch of Thy Kingdom Come. With names brought to the cross, and beginning a season of prayer for those who will invite and for those who will receive invitations.
  • If a Sunday sooner or later is more suitable, do use that.

The next few Sundays

  • Treat one of the following Sundays as an Inviter Sunday – to celebrate the obedience of those who have made invitations. Use it to share the stories of those who have invited – how they felt and what God did – and to celebrate their obedience. And look for opportunities to share stories and celebrate at other times.

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June. The Weekend

  • Hold one or more invitation events large and small – pub quiz, curry evening, guest artist, debate, hot topic, guest service and more.

The rest of the year

  • Make the most of what you have now learned in the context of HOPE Together’s rhythm of mission – harvest, Christmas, etc.
  • Do the same for your activities like Alpha, Christianity Explored, The Pilgrim Course, guest services, evangelistic breakfasts and Messy Church.

Be sure your church makes plans, engages with the preparation, and reaps the benefits.
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