Invitation Cross Sunday

This step two in helping a church become invitational. And is essential for any church taking part in the National Weekend of Invitation or holding guest events.

To miss this step, and the teaching involved, makeswhat you are doing‘just another event’. It could even create discouragement rather than spiritual growth.

All about holding an Invitation Cross Sunday is on –

The downloadable the PDF How to run an Invitation Cross Sunday

The video on the right How to Use the Invitation Cross.

For an example of the impact an Invitation Cross Sunday can have, see the videos on the right –

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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 there is –

A sermon/talk presenting the three ways to think differently and more Biblically about inviting others.

For a suggested talk, see the PDF Sermon/talk for Invitation Cross Sunday and the PowerPoint for Invitation Cross

Resources for the talk include three videos by the Saltmine Theatre Group to download –

Moses Video illustrating how God uses mission to shape the lives of Christians

Mr Stephens Video illustrating how God is already active in mission

Invitation Train Video illustrating that all God asks is for obedience with the outcome up to him.

A time of prayerful reflection when people ask God who he might be nudging them to invite – and put the person’s initials on a post it note.

An act of worship, with people bring these post it notes to a large cross at the front.

Explaining this more fully is the video on the right How to use the Invitation Cross.

When to hold your Invitation Cross Sunday

Sunday 7 June is an idea day – set in the context of The Archbishop’s Thy Kingdom Come and several weeks before the Invitation Weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June.

However, churches are free to choose a Sunday that will work best for them at any time of the year.

What happens next?

It is important to share the experiences of those who invite as the result of your Invitation Cross Sunday. And to do so the following weekend by having an Inviter Sunday.

Take time 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 to help you on this PDF How to run your Inviter Sunday

“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