A snapshot of the annual fair day
One of our church’s outreach events is to take part in the community annual fair day. The purpose is to let people know that our church exists and to advertise our other outreach events and children’s programmes, like the choir and ‘Hallovän’ (a friendly version of a Halloween party for small children).
The annual fair day is a wonderful tradition to round off the summer before the schools start, as well as all the other autumn activities.
Last year was the first time we participated and we didn’t exactly know what to expect, but thank God it went smoothly. This year we were better prepared. We divided the whole team (10 people) into three groups, which was only possible because the church team has grown since last year and we have more people helping out. Each team spent two-and-a-half hours at the table. This year we had a better spot than last year, so people could more easily find our table. We were truly blessed with the perfect weather, which always means that a lot of people show up.
We had different activities going on at the table. We had hand puppets which the small children loved (a snake called Ormus, a little lamb called Lambi and - believe it or not - a Yorkshire puppet called Pudsey). Our friend, a Nordic award-winning face-painter did a marvellous job and drew in lots of children. There were even children who came from another face painter and asked us if ours could repaint their poorly-painted faces - that says it all.
But the absolute hit of the year that drew the most attention, was a box on the table offering a prize (filled with nice goodies) for answering our 10-question Christian quiz. All from the New Testament, we hoped they were common knowledge questions, ‘Where was Jesus born?’ and ‘How many disciples did Jesus have?’ This quiz became an eye-opener for us. It was the children who were keen on doing the quiz - not many grown-ups showed interest when they found out it was about Christianity. I said to one girl, ‘Your mum is more than welcome to help you’, at which her mum laughed a little nervously and said’ ‘My daughter is more religious than me!’ After looking at the questions another parent said to his child, ‘Let's leave this, the questions are way too difficult.’ The daughter answered him, ‘For you, yes, but not for me!’ We even had parents mocking and making fun of our Christian faith while the child showed interest. The last question on the quiz was ‘How do you become a Christian?’ and almost everyone thought that you become Christian by doing good deeds. Sad, but not surprising. Some people were interested in the right answers, which gave us the opportunity to explain the gospel as we talked them through.
However, there were those who were very interested, like the old lady who just moved to Åkersberga and is looking for a church, or like the family who approached our table and asked about the children’s choir. Another family, who bring their daughter to our Skatten mix group, expressed joy and delight and said they wanted to come to church regularly.
To recap - it was a good day for a fair day. It was good for our church team to do something out of the box and good for the community to see that we, as a church, are out there. So do pray for all those people, young and old, whom we met for the first time and who have been exposed to the gospel. Please help us pray for them.
Yours in Christ,
Chris & Lotta and Obi-Wan Kenobi and the whole Emmaus church
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