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A simple framework for taking the love of the Father to your community in 2014
Consider marking each of these stages with a banquet


Receive

Launch 40 days of preparation


Before you can take the love of the Father to the lost you need to receive a fresh revelation of the Father’s love for you



Host a banquet – for the church
Use this banquet as an opportunity to:
- Prepare the church for receiving the love of the Father
- Outline how people can take part in the 40 days of preparation


Launch 40 days of preparation


1: 40 daily devotions on the Father’s love


2: 40 days of praying for your community


3: 40 days of planning how you will take the love of the Father to your community

Give Away

Launch 10 days of outreach


Take what you have received and give it away to those who have become lost and separated from the Father



Host a banquet – for the church
Use this banquet as an opportunity to:
- Prepare ourselves for taking the love of the Father to the lost
- Outline how people can take part in the 10 days of taking the love of the Father to your community


Launch 10 days of taking the love of the Father to your community


1: Identify your outreach area.
Whether you are…
- An individual reaching out to your street
- A church small group reaching out to a local housing estate
- A church congregation reaching out to the community God has called you to
- A group of churches working together to reach your whole town or city
- …you can play your part and join us I taking the love of the Father to our nation in 2014.


2: Take the love of the Father to every household by distributing:
- The Father’s Love Letter
- The Father’s Love Flyer (link to the Father's Love videos)


3: Demonstrate the love the Father to people in your community through:
- Acts of kindness
- Serving
- Fostering and adoption

Celebrate

The Father’s Banquet


Host a party for lost sons and daughters who are returning home to be reunited with their heavenly Father



Host a banquet – for the community
Use this banquet to demonstrate the love of the Father to your community.


This could be a:
- Pentecost Festival
- Family Fun Day
- Street party
- Barbecue
- Banquet in a church hall
- Meal with your friends and neighbours


Toolkit


Receive The Father’s Love Through Worship

Kick off your 40 days of preparation by creating an opportunity for churches in your area to come into the presence of our Father and take part in 40 hours of continual worship.
-   Involve different worship leaders from different churches
-   Encourage people to come for at least 1 hour


Organising 40 hours of unbroken worship may sound a little daunting, but it is a lot easier than you may think.
1: Identify and book a suitable location
-   Easy access and good parking for people travelling in
-   Away from houses so that local residents are not disturbed


2:  Ask 10 churches to each lead 2 hours of worship on two consecutive days. Give each church a specific time slot


3:  Advertise the 40 hours of worship to all churches in your area. Encourage people to come for at least one hour as a way of them committing to the 4o days of receiving the love of the Father


4:  Consider the following optional additions
-  Invite children to run the first hour of worship
-  Build in a time specifically focussed for young people
-  Embrace a wide range of worship styles
-  Encourage creative people to contribute art, poetry, dance, drama, reading scripture etc.

Give Away The Father’s love To Every Household

Produce invitations to your version of the Father Banquet and include a QR code link to the Father’s Love video. The QR code and website address will make it possible for people to access the Father’s Love video on their smart phone, computer or other devices.


You can use the following templates to produce posters and invitations. These can be printed from your home or church printer. For higher quantities and quality we recommend that you send the filled in template to a local printers
A4 single sided poster
A5 double sided invitation


If you would prefer to design your own flyer, you can download and add the QR code directly to your flyer or print off QR code labels to attach.
QR code – download

Celebrate The Father’s Love With Festivals & Family Fun Days

Put on a free, high quality family fun day. Bring in a range of activities including inflatable attractions, games, sports, prayer tent and live band. Involve the church in running hair braiding, face painting and put on a free barbecue.

Receive The Father’s Love Daily Devotions

Encourage people to commit 40 daily devotions on knowing God as Father. Each day includes:
-  A letter from your Father to you
-  A Bible verse
-  A devotional thought
-  A practical application
-  A prayer


40 Days of Love is a book written by Wendy Thomas. It is available from Amazon or your local Christian book shop.


CLICK HERE to download the first seven devotions from 40 Days of Love free of charge.


To purchase one or more copies of 40 Day of Love email info@knowinggodasfather.org.uk


www.knowinggodasfather.org.uk

http://thefatherslove.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/United_2014_banquet.pdf


Receive The Father’s Love Daily Devotions

Encourage people to commit 40 daily devotions on knowing God as Father. Each day includes:
-  A letter from your Father to you
-  A Bible verse
-  A devotional thought
-  A practical application
-  A prayer


40 Days of Love is a book written by Wendy Thomas. It is available from Amazon or your local Christian book shop.


CLICK HERE to download the first seven devotions from 40 Days of Love free of charge.


To purchase one or more copies of 40 Day of Love email info@knowinggodasfather.org.uk


www.knowinggodasfather.org.uk

http://thefatherslove.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/United_2014_banquet.pdf

Give Away The Father’s Love Through Acts Of Kindness

CLICK HERE
to download practical ideas for taking the love of the Father to your community. All these ideas have been produced and used by young people in Leicester.


Demonstrate the love of the Father to people in your community through acts of kindness
-  Free hugs
-  Treasure hunting
-  Free hair braiding & face painting
-  Washing cars
-  Shoe cleaning


The Light Project
For great ideas and resources for how you can demonstrate the love and generosity of the Father to people in your community through acts of kindness go to the Light Project website


www.lightproject.org.uk

The 40 Acts
Sign-up for 40 days of taking the love and generosity of the Father to people in your community.


www.40acts.org.uk

Celebrate The Father’s Love With A Street Party

Reach every household in your street with the love of the Father and invite them to a street party.
- Pray for every household in your street
- Distribute the Father’s Love DVD and invitation to every house
- Host a street party


CLICK HERE to view or order the Father’s Love DVD and Invitation. (The invitation can be updated with information about your event).


CLICK HERE for ideas on how to run a street party -  www.thebiglunch.com


Receive The Father’s Love Course

Consider running a course on, ‘Knowing God as Father.’ Seven evenings designed to bring you into a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.


The Knowing God as Father Course is best done as a small group of up to 20 people and can also be used in home groups.
The course material includes a leaders guide and a book for each participant


CLICK HERE for an overview of the course material


To order the course material email info@knowinggodasfather.org.uk


www.knowinggodasfather.org.uk

Give Away The Father’s Love By Serving

Encourage churches to increase their involvement in the already existing projects that demonstrate the Father’s love to people in your community:
-  Street Pastors
-  Food Bank
-  Christians Against Poverty
-  Healing on the streets


1:  Identify the already existing services or ministries demonstrating the Father’s love in your town/city. This could include:
-  Street Pastors
-  Food Bank
-  CAP (Christians Against Poverty)
-  Healing on the streets


2:  Make contact with the main person responsible for each of the services/ministries and ask them how local churches could increase their practical support for what is already happening


3:  Create a presentation that can be taken to all churches in your town and city. This could include:
-  A poster
-  A PowerPoint presentation
-  A list of potential speakers who would be happy to visit churches


4:  Ask churches to encourage their congregation to all consider how they can increase their support of what is already happening.

Celebrate The Father’s Love With A Banquet

Book a hall and host a banquet for people in your community. This could be complimented by putting on high quality entertainment, such as:
-  Broadway Live
-  Comedian
-  Escapologist / Magician
-  Band


Make your banquet even more special by booking one of the following acts:


Broadway Live
A breathtaking musical experience bringing together snippets from some of the greatest Broadway shows, creating a cocktail of top class musical entertainment at your banquet


www.inspiretrust.org.uk/broadwaylive


Receive The Father’s Love For Young People

To enable your young people to receive the love of the Father over the next 40 days, Urban Saints have produced 7 weekly lesson plans on the story of the Prodigal Son for 3 different age groups
Ages 7 to 10
Ages 11 to 14
Ages 15+

To access this material go to www.urbansaints.org/fathersplan


Create an opportunity for your young people to encounter God as their Father by hosting a ReDefine weekend of training, community and celebration. Materials include:
-  Leader’s guide
-  Young people’s workbook
-  Multimedia presentation
CLICK to find out more about ReDefine
www.urbansaints.org/redefine


Click on titles below to download the ReDefine teaching material on knowing God as Father
Leaders notes
Young person’s workbook
PowerPoint


Tell the story of the Prodigal son and invite your young people to a banquet. Before you eat, read out the following letter from the father of the prodigal son.


CLICK HERE to download the letter

Give Away The Father’s Love By Being A Father To The Fatherless

Find out how churches in your area can become fathers and mothers to a fatherless generation by provide homes to children and young people through fostering and adoption.


Contact your local authority to find out how churches in your area can support young people leaving care.


Evangelical Alliance – Home for Good
Thousands of children in the UK are waiting for a home. We believe the Church is ideally placed to encourage people to consider fostering and adoption, and to support them in doing so. Contact Home for Good, an initiative of Care for the Family, CCPAS and the Evangelical Alliance, to find out how your church could play its part in transforming the lives of vulnerable children.


www.homeforgood.org.uk

Celebrate The Father’s Love With A Last Minute Banquet

Based around the banquet in Luke 14 give your students and young people an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge to prepare a banquet in just 12 hours for anyone who will come. Be inspired by the banquet that was put on in the Belfrey Hall in York. Check out this clip:


www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrwDIS_ZzGY


Receive The Father’s Love Resources & Retreats

Take time out away from the normal rhythm of life and spend some time sitting at the feet of your Father. Receive a fresh revelation of His love for you. Opportunities include:
-  Father’s Heart Leader’s School
-  Fitfish – retreat
-  Come to the Banquet – Kilravock Castle


Father’s House Trust – Resources
For many years Father’s House have been producing high quality resources designed to help people come to know God as their Father. In addition to this Father’s House have been searching out and making available resources from around the world including Father Heart courses and events taking place in the UK


www.fathershousetrust.com


Father’s House Trust – Leadership School
Create an opportunity for key people from your church to access Father House Leadership Schools and other training and encounter events that enable individuals to receive the life changing revelation and understanding of the Father Heart of God.


www.fathershousetrust.com/events/leaders-schools


Fitfish – Weekend Retreats
Each Fitfish weekend retreat is jammed packed with new experiences, expertise and resources. Come away and be motivated to make that kick start or boost to your fitness whilst being inspired by amazing views, talks, workshops, quiet times and social times. Suitable for all ages, levels and abilities. Do as much or as little as you like.


www.fit-fish.co.uk/retreats/weekends.html

Give Away The Father’s Love The Prodigals

Take people with you to see the new highly acclaimed musical, The Prodigals. The Prodigals is a fast moving, highly energised show based on the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15.


Following on from successful performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Coventry, the show will be touring around the UK throughout 2014


The Prodigals
www.theprodigalsmusical.com

Celebrate The Father’s Love By Taking The Banquet To Where People Are

Host a banquet in the centre of town or in a local park. This could include:
-  Gazebos or gala marquee
-  Banqueting table & chairs
-  Red carpet leading to the table
-  Invite people to partake of the banquet
-  Give out Father’s love letter to guests


Give away the Father’s Love by helping dads to become great dads

The Me & My Dad Series is a powerful and effective fathering course that is designed to gently nudge men towards better fathering and into a better understanding of the nature of their perfect Heavenly Father. For more info CLICK HERE


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