The Great Egg Hunt: Balloons, face painting, cookie decorating, games, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and 13,000 eggs. That is what we call a Great Egg Hunt, and it is free for kids and families in our community. The Great Egg Hunt takes place at Mound Builders Park and Everett Park and is a fun way for individuals, families, and life groups to serve and connect with families in our community.
Community Blitz: Each Spring our church spends a Saturday helping families and individuals in our neighborhoods with yard work and mowing. Each year close to 75 volunteers spread across the city doing tasks that include, mowing, raking, taking out trees and bushes as well as light repair for the residents. For those that participate this event is always rewarding at many different levels. Besides being an outreach ministry real community happens when we work together on this day.
Operation Gear-up: Every year in August we celebrate the return of school by providing a fun day filled with food, prizes, family photos, game and most importantly school supplies. As many as 700 kids receive school supplies and backpacks at this event. Well over 100 people volunteer to make this day a success and nearly all of the supplies are donated by our three congregations.
Trunk or Treat: Generally this event in most churches is for "insiders." For Newark Church of the Nazarene it is just the opposite. Many churches that have this event consider it a safe way for church kids to have a fall or Halloween party. Many times the church gathers with all the car trunks facing the inside of the parking lot. At our churches we turn our trunks to the sidewalk and show Christ love to our neighborhood kids. This is an incredibly fun evening for those who choose to participate.
Light up a Life: Each year at Christmas our church tries to find a creative way to give to others in need. Sometimes this means partnering with community organization and donating hundreds of toys or it can mean helping as many as 17 families from the community and the within the church enjoy a complete Christmas. Many lives have been touched at this most blessed time of year by not only receiving in Christ's name but by giving as well.