The Art of Neighboring

What if Jesus’ command to love our neighbors meant loving our actual neighbors?  

Not as a project, but as a lifestyle?  

Here are some practical ways you can reach your neighbors.

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Some info about your neighbors:

a. Names of the people who live in the houses on your block. 

b. Some relevant information you have learned from speaking to each person.  

c. Some in-depth information you would know after connecting with people.  

Some ways you can get to know your neighbors:

1. HOST A BLOCK PARTY.

  • Connect with several neighbors to host a block party.

2. GIVE A WELCOME BASKET OR GIFT.

  • Get a Welcome Basket – available each week at our Neighborhood Store in the front lobby.
  • Customize a gift bag for your neighbor.
  • Give a welcome-to-the neighborhood gift.

3. OFFER SERVICE OR HELP.

  • Cut their lawn.
  • Shovel snow from their driveway or walk.
  • Offer child care.
  • Help with a DIY project.
  • Offer your home improvement skills.

4. INVITE IN OR OUT TO EAT.

  • Have a cookout or a pizza party.
  • Invite them to a favorite restaurant.

5. DO A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS.

  • Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood.
  • Visit an elderly person.
  • Run an errand for them.
  • Have a free lemonade stand.
  • Rake their leaves.
  • Help them move in.
  • Sincerely pray for your neighbors.

6. MAKE THE MOST OF HOLIDAYS.

Choose a holiday or two and give a gift, have a party, invite them to an event, or do something together.

  • January – New Year’s Day, MLK Day
  • February – Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day
  • Mar. – St Patrick’s Day, Spring Break
  • April – Good Friday, Easter
  • May – May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day
  • June – Flag Day, Father’s Day
  • July – Independence Day
  • August – Celebrate end of summer/back to school
  • September – Labor Day, Patriot Day
  • October – Columbus Day, Halloween
  • November – Veterans Day, Thanksgiving
  • December – Christmas, New Year’s Eve

7. SERVE THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER.

  • Plan a neighborhood group service project.
  • Volunteer together for a worthy cause.

8. PLAN A GATHERING OR TREK.

  • Go on a neighborhood bike ride.
  • Have a Popsicle meet-and-greet.
  • Go Christmas caroling.
  • Host an outdoor movie night.

9. REACH OUT WITH FOOD.

  • Host a neighborhood ice cream social or ice cream sundae bar.
  • Deliver some cookies or pie or popcorn.
  • Have a pancake feed.
  • Share vegetables from your garden.

10. GET CREATIVE AND UNIQUE.

  • Create a list of the birthdays and anniversaries of your neighbors. Help celebrate with a gift or card.
  • Watch a TV sporting event together.
  • Host a fun tournament of some kind.
  • Have a game night.
  • Offer a photo shoot session.
  • Start a neighborhood Facebook group. Engage on social media.
  • Organize a book club or a Life Group for those interested.

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Books are available at the Neighborhood Store in the front lobby for $10 or at Amazon. com. 

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Optional Free Resource: Nextdoor Website

As you reflect on reaching out to your neighbors in 2016, consider this free resource at www.nextdoor.com.   One of our Springs Church members said, “I went to the web site and signed up our neighborhood.  I then created flyers about this website and put one on every home in our neighborhood.  Within a few weeks, more than half of the households signed up!  It has been a great way to share items for sale, lost and found, neighborhood alerts, babysitting needs, etc.  It has also been a great way for our neighbors to communicate and get to know each other!  In addition, there is a free app for our phones to access the site as well.  When we walk around the neighborhood, we can pull up the map from our phone and it will show who lives in which home.  This is a great resource for the emphasis on getting to know our neighbors! ”  View Promotional Video