The Pit Stop

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You’re warmly welcome to come by Redemption Church (3512 West 7th Ave - the little blue church across the street from Bayview Elementary on Collingwood & 7th) on Tuesday, October 31 for our second annual Halloween Pit Stop. From 5:30-8:00 pm, come warm yourself by the fire, make a s'more, watch a short movie, grab a snack or hot drink, and enjoy a hot dog or burger off the grill. You're welcome to drop by or stay for while to warm up or take a break from Trick-or-Treating. All are welcome! 

PLEASE NOTE: We would LOVE for all of you to discern your response to and engagement with Halloween according to your convictions and what the Spirit is saying to you and your family. We also love the idea of each person and family being connected in their neighbourhoods. So we bless and encourage you to respond accordingly in your home and neighbourhood. We do want to take the opportunity to be a warm and welcoming presence in Kitsilano, so if you'd like to partner with us in this, we would very much invite your participation. Please contact info@redemptionchurch.ca if you'd like to join us in hosting our neighbours!

Halloween 2016 - The Redemption Church Pit Stop

As the leaves are changing colour, we’ve recently celebrated Thanksgiving, and I find myself digging through my drawer to find thick wool socks to wear in my rain boots, the season is unmistakeable.  We’re in the middle of autumn, well on our way to the Advent and Christmas season.  But before we get there, North American culture tells us that it is almost time to dress-up, eat some candy, and set off some fireworks. 

Yes, friends, I’m talking about Hallowe’en.

Over the past 2 years I’ve written and posted a blog about Hallowe’en – encouraging you to reflect on this celebration and discern how and why you may or may not choose to participate in seasonal activities. 

Original Blog Post of 2014 here (more descriptive and outlining the history of Hallowe’en): http://www.redemptionchurch.ca/blog/2014/10/16/the-halloween-question

Last year’s updated intro to the original blog post: http://www.redemptionchurch.ca/blog/revisitingthehalloweenquestion

Last year, we decided not to host any events at the church to deliberately create space and opportunity for you to do just that - reflect on your understanding of Hallowe’en, and then choose to respond (or not) more specifically in your own neighbourhood.  One thing we did as an alternate focus was to throw a special party on November 1 in our kids’ church classes for All Saints Day.  We took time to learn about some of the saints in history and in our own lifetimes who followed Jesus and were examples of his love in their own contexts.  We had a great celebration!

This year, I am still encouraging reflection and discernment for each of you - take time to discern with your friends and family about what your participation or non-participation may be. 

And be deliberate about it – examine your heart and motives.  Read Scripture.  And ask God if there is a particular way or person that you can connect with and engage this year around October 31. 

We have decided that as a way of being more outwardly focused and practicing opening our doors in Kits, the church will become a kind of pit stop for trick-or-treaters this year.  We are going to pull out the fire pit, set up some Christmas lights, turn on the hot water urn and make the sanctuary like a living room – playing some Veggie Tales movies to be a warm and welcoming presence in Kits.  It is one small step we can take in building a stronger relationship with our neighbours, Bayview School, and their families.  It is one way to help us become more attentive and focused in our prayers – as we meet the actual people who live around us and warm them up with hot chocolate. 

There are many other articles and tips out there that share other ideas about Hallowe’en and ways to think about it and respond.  I’d encourage you to post any helpful links to articles that you have found in the comments section below! 

Lisl Baker

Lisl Baker can't believe she's been in Vancouver for 10 years now. She loves all things French, turning the little things in life into fun adventures, and soccer. Oh, and she happens to be quite fond of the Redemption Church community!

 

The Pit Stop

Do you like: serving warm drinks?  Greeting people at the front door?  Sitting around a fire-pit?  Hanging out as a cozy couch potato in a living room?  Meeting the neighbours?  Guessing what the kids' costumes really represent? If you answered yes to any of these questions and are looking for a place to hang out on October 31, come by the church from 5-8pm.  We are opening our doors to the neighbourhood to be a warm presence - and very practically, a pit stop for any desperate Trick-or-Treaters.  We'll have hot drinks, our bathrooms, and some short videos 'in the living room' available for anybody who needs to get warmed up or take a break.

The Monday night Kits Oikos has taken the lead on hosting this event so if you would like to partner with them, please contact John Lippert.

PLEASE NOTE:  We would LOVE for all of you to discern your response to and engagement with Hallowe'en according to your convictions and what the Spirit is saying to you and your family.  We also love the idea of each person and family being connected in their neighbourhoods.  So we bless and encourage you to respond accordingly in your home and neighbourhood.   We do want to take the opportunity to be a warm and welcoming presence in Kitsilano, so if you'd like to partner with us in this, we would very much invite your participation.  

See Lisl's blog post about Hallowe'en if you have any questions about this.