- Jim Townsley
- Oct 28, 2013
The first anniversary of the church should be an exciting and memorable event. This special day will require planning and preparation well in advance. The first anniversary affords an opportunity for the entire church family to recall the goodness of God over the first twelve months of existence. Several events can be planed to insure this special day is in fact a special day.
Pictures should be taken throughout the year starting with the planning and preparation of the new church. Pictures and video should be taken during the literature distribution which includes participating church families who gave support for the new church. Every member should learn to be grateful for the sacrifice of others to help get the church started. Pictures from the first service will be fondly remembered and every effort should be made to include as many people as possible. Everyone enjoys seeing themselves or their children in a video. This video could be shown in the morning service or the evening service. Every special event and every special service should be included with each event being a reminder of the blessings and faithfulness of God.
A birthday cake could be made and offered to everyone following the service or during a fellowship in the evening. The charter of the church could be closed with any remaining believers to be added on this day. The charter could then be framed and placed in a place where it can be viewed. A report of statistics could be given during the service detailing the number of salvation decisions and baptisms. Also, an attendance chart could be given. This and other information could be prepared and distributed to every attendee.
In addition, a special gift of memorabilia could be presented to every person attending the service. A coffee cup with the church logo or something similar will be a reminder of all who attend this special day. Any special memories could be shared and testimonies given of the grace of God saving souls and changing lives. Perhaps a special speaker could be invited or a local representative from the community could attend to commend the new church family concerning this milestone. .
Set an attendance goal and work hard to reach it. A goal can create excitement, especially if it is met or surpassed. Be realistic and set an attainable goal. Another goal that could be set is to hand out a certain number of fliers or to knock on a certain number of doors. Get everyone in the church involved. The greater the involvement the better the results will be.
Send out flyers or letters promoting the special activities of the day. Spend a lot of time visiting people reminding them of the special day and stressing how much you want them to be a part of it. Include every person from the area who has ever attended a service in the mailing. Visit every person who has attended during the year and personally encourage them to attend. Try to have special music and if no one is able from within the church try to get a singing group from an established church in the vicinity.
The first anniversary should be a day of celebration and honor to the Lord. It is also an opportunity to reach new people and encourage others that may have become discouraged along the way. Remember the first anniversary will come only once and it cannot be repeated. Take advantage this special opportunity and make it day to remember.