Every year, my church up in Mariposa California puts on a show - on Halloween.
The town loves this tradition and loads of kids and their parents hit the streets all dressed up - with no particular place to go. They follow a route that wanders through stores and homes... and as it turns out - right past our church.
So rather than lament the various parts of this holiday we don’t like (and many in the church will happily tell you how much they do not like Halloween), we put on a show. Usually some walk through experience of some kind.
This year we had three possible Gods. Two of them we were pretty sure were false gods, the other one might be real.
So I, as the MC, interviewed these three characters, asking them the kind of questions many people would want to ask God if he were sitting right in front of us... how do you respond to your hurting creation? Why did you create people if you knew they could sin? All leading up to our final question... why did Jesus have to die?
This year, 400 kids and their parents visited, and on a sugar high sat completely still... guessing which god was the real God.
The gospel was preached to witches, zombies, people in various states of life and death, Cyndarella’s, Dorothy’s, people dressed up as candies, and various other things I couldn't recognize.
On the way out some took Bibles which some showed off to their friends, others were able to share tradgedy in their life, and many told us how well we had portrayed God - which was our intent after all.
We made friends. We shared the gospel. We used our smiles, presence and our words. We felt so connected to God, our community and our calling.
Today we clean up... asking in the middle of moving make shift stages, and concrete bricks and curtains and tables etc... was it really worth it?
Well... we’ll be doing some version of it again next year. So what do you think?