Easter invitations are an essential part of every church's Easter communication package and we've got a fantastic set for you. Not only do the invitations that follow have inspiring images on them, but the text that goes with them does more than invite, but is designed to challenge people outside the church to consider more than they may have in the past about Easter.
We often talk about how we need to remind people that "Jesus is the reason for the season" at Christmas, but no matter how secular the Christmas celebration, most people still know it had something to do with the birth of Jesus even if they don't think of it as particularly meaningful.
It's not like that for Easter. Biola University quoted a Barna study that shared statistics similar to many other studies:
About two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans surveyed related the holiday as something religious or spiritual. But just two percent said they thought it was about the birth of Christ and another two percent said it was about the rebirth of Jesus. Only 1 percent related it to the second coming of Jesus, while 3 percent just thought it was a celebration of spring or a pagan holiday.
Looking at the non-religious segment, 13 percent of Americans said they were not sure how to describe Easter. Many of their recurring answers were spring break, rebirth, hiding eggs, candy, children and bunnies.
Before we can even begin to explain the meaning of Jesus resurrection, your invitations can give people an idea of the importance of the holiday. PLEASE CLICK on the first image below and it will enlarge to show you the text that goes with the images.
Below the set of images is a ZIP file for Effective Church Communications Members that has all the invitations in PDF ready-to print format and editable MS Publisher files. You won't be able to see the link if you aren't a member. For information about Membership in Effective Church Communications and to become a member, CLICK HERE.
For a FREE file of the text alone that goes with the cards, CLICK HERE.
How to use them cost-effectively and in a way that will help your congregation grow in their faith
You can print these invitations at your church and then on Sunday put 5 invitations in everyone's bulletin. During the service the pastor can stand and say,
"As you can see you all have 5 Easter invitations in your bulletin. I know you've prayed for friends to invite to our Easter services and here is a tangible way to do it.
You can either mail the invitation or hand-deliver it to your friends. After that continue to pray and follow-up.
Offer to drive your friends to church on Easter and invite them to brunch afterwards to see if they have questions. You can invite them back next week and encourage them to become involved in the church on a continuing basis.
We all know we should be sharing our faith in Jesus and this is an easy and enjoyable way to do it!"
To start the motivation process to get your congregation excited about inviting friends, go to this article: Why it matters if you invite your friends to Easter services
Easter is the most important holiday of the Christian year--let's to all we can to fully involve our congregations and reach out to our community at this time.