May 07, 2009

Unable to fully articulate my slight disgruntledness

Yesterday I received an invitation to an event.

It fell out of our free newspaper, so i presume everyone in christchurch was invited, not just special me.

It is a first birthday celebration with many free things: gift for Mum’s day, soft drink, candy floss and popcorn … and i presume the bouncy castle, face painting for kids are also free.

I read it looking to see what was 1 year old, and there it is at the top right (design wise easy to miss cos it is kind of the third column, tho it is bright red).  Aha a church.  I wondered if it had been when i read the venue: XXX Community Centre (which i read, interstingly the first time, as XXX Community Church, which is a strong church in the same area)

This church is 6.7km from my home.  Why are they inviting me to their place?  Oh yeah, they are inviting everyone in Christchurch.

Are they hoping people will come for entertainment and slide into church accidentally?

Is this really the best way to “market” church?  To advertise an event that people may not realise is a church service until they get there?

I need to acknowledge that the back of the brochure gives content about God and their church, so great.  They are about fullness of life, and putting God first.  I like that.  But i don’t want to go.

(i could rant about gifts for mum’s day too, but will save that for another time)

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 01:40 PM | Comments (2)

Lynne I found this post very interesting especially because I am sure I saw the same advert. Not having scrutinised it as closely as you I came away with a good feeling unlike yours. I did not get the impression they were trying to get people unwittingly into a church service but instead were trying to celebrate a special moment in their church life with a bit of a party (similar to how we celebrate our children’s birthdays). In a day and age when very little is free and it is very difficult to find places you can take your kids for a bit of fun without going into debt it was nice that they were putting something on for others to enjoy. And yeah the upshot might be that people come and then are impressed and so start coming to church there but how is that different to Opawa’s Open Day. They are just celebrating God’s goodness are they not and giving others the opportunity to check them out whilst providing some free family entertainment. I am a little unsure what you took offence to. One person’s idea of how to do things may not be how we would choose but that is why we have the diversity of different churches with different flavours. I did not get the impression they were trying to put one over the readers.

Posted by: Karen at May 11, 2009 4:54 pm

Thanks for your feedback Karen… as this event was happening at their regular church meeting time, that was why i thought it was actually a church service that they were inviting people to.

I think the locality thing was important to me. when we invite people to an opawa open home open year celebration we invite our local community; people we expect we may have already encountered at one of the things we do locally, or inviting people who will know others in the church because of their work in the local community.

I am all for free things for families too. and for celebrating church and children’s birthdays.

as i said, i was unable to fully articulate my slight disgruntledness! 🙂

Posted by: Lynne Taylor at May 12, 2009 10:07 pm
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