St. Nicholas Family Party
Inviting Families to Church
from Open Doors by LeaderResources
This is a fresh way to invite families to your church. Open Doors presents a comprehensive program using regular church activities and special parties as gateways—outreach—to invite new families to your church. This resource offers simple and easy-to-do events focused on four key entry points, one in each season, supplemented with other activities and events.
FallBack to School Party
Sunday School Launch
Blessing of Backpacks
St. Francis Day: Blessing of Animals
WinterSt. Nicholas Party—complete plan included here
Lessons and Carols
Winter Vacation Bible School
SpringLent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week
Easter Day and Egg Hunt
Compassion and Mercy Sunday
Holy Humor Sunday
SummerVacation Bible School
- Invitations Team (recruit, train, encourage inviters, coordinate and track invitations)
- Communications Team (publicity)
- Hospitality Team (food and welcoming/greeting)
- Event Team (plans and executes particular event/s)
- Prayer Team (prays for everyone)
- Incorporation Team (help to incorporate those who attend three times)
This is a large, comprehensive program. The wise church will begin by choosing one or two activities to expand presence and visibility in the community. Some ideas may be used to tweak up regular activities and services to increase invitation and welcome. It is important to begin modestly and only attempt what can realistically be done—other activities may be added later. Or you may choose to put all of your energy and focus on one main event.
A St. Nicholas Party
This party is an introduction to the Open Doors approach, providing material to create a St. Nicholas Party that reaches out beyond your congregation. It is a sample and introduction to Open Doors, though there is a great deal of additional helpful background and information in Open Doors. As this is only a taste, you may want to access Open Doors for more information and guidance for the all the teams, including the prayer and incorporation teams.
Introduction to Open Doors
Purchase from LeaderResources. Available for download as PDFs or editable Word.docs, with full reproducible rights for the original purchaser.