i’m getting a total kick out of reading some of the stories coming in from youth groups who are participating in the arkalmighty campaign. they’re being wonderfully proactive about gracing their communities with random kindnesses. what a cool thing.
here’s a great story from suzy bell at grace united methodist church in lasalle, illinois:
We just had our first Evan Free Day on Saturday May 12th. First, we helped the local post office collect their food for their Food Drive that they do every year. After the collection, We went to a local restaurant called the Root Beer Stand, where they make their own rootbeer. From 12-1, the youth handed out cards that said, “You’ve Been ‘Graced’ by the Youth of Grace UMC,” with our church contact information on it. When they handed out the card, they told the customers that we were paying for their rootbeer and ice cream from 12-1. The reactions were priceless such as “What is the catch to this, there is always a catch?”, “Can we give the money to your youth group then?” (the youth responded no, we aren’t taking any money, this is because we want to show God’s kindness to others) Some responded with a blank look on their face. While others smiled and said, “Bless you, bless you for your kindness.” A few asked us how this was possible to do, and it gave us a chance to talk about the program. Also, we heard many conversations about our church, as in the location, who attends, etc.. Overall, it was a very successful day. We are looking forward to our next “Evan Free Day”, as other youth wanting to get involved!
and this is a great story from jeff palmberg, from mercer island covenant church (in mercer island, washington):
we’re doing our first “Evan Day” event today — giving away sheets of 2-cent stamps outside our local post office (which happens to be next door to our church). It’s amazing how excited and happy people get when you give them .50 worth of stamps! We’ll probably be doing this all week. We didn’t come up with the idea until Monday night, so we missed a BUSY day at the post office, but there were still plenty of people who had come for that specific need. It’s been a lot of fun for those of us who’ve done it today. I’m hoping to get some students to do it after school the rest of this week.
check out the free arkalmighty kit (this is such a cool thing — i’m stoked that we get to give them away for free!). here’s what it has in it:
a four-week curriculum developed by youth specialties
an instructional ArkALMIGHTY DVD hosted by actor John Goodman
a copy of the book, Conspiracy of Kindness, by Steve Sjogren
tons of ArkALMIGHTY gear—including t-shirts, banner, hats, and more
just go here, on the ys site, to get more info, and for the link to the free kit thingy.
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we just signed up. I’m really looking forward to doing some great things for our community for free.
i’m totally stoked about random acts of GOD-kindness and stuff. and even a really funny movie with Steve Carrell. I’m even stoked about using relevant movies as “church gimmics” to get people involved, but how in the world does the movie reconcile the “rainbow covenant” in genesis 9:8-17?
We signed up and it should be fun. We are having a free community car and pet wash this Saturday; isn’t that great?
justin — i haven’t seen the movie yet. can’t answer that.
I got this package too…i read the 4 week series and it says there are movie clips to show…where are they?
brandon — my understanding is that the clips are coming, and are awaiting a couple final hurdles from universal pictures. they should be available soon. sorry!
Those two quotes seemed odd to me…If you’re gonna participate in a random act of kindness, why do cards with the church name and contact info need to be distributed? Was that just coincidental that the Post Office was next door to that other church? Why can’t it all just be on behalf of God? It just seems like a more deceptive way of telling people about a church and trying to get an increase of numbers than it is about really showing kindness to people.
Reminds me of that Friends’ episode where Phoebe is trying to find out if selfless acts of kindness really exist.
Can you imagine the impact if hundreds of churches and youth participated in this and the church names were never even mentioned? Imagine the glory that GOD Himself would get.
We launch ArkALMIGHTY in four days!!!
Please pray for us as we will pray for you…that people and communities will be brought together through this wonderful program!
Thanks to YS for being involved you are such a huge part of all we do!