For a number of years now, we have been talking with church families to discern if Covenant Life’s annual Harvest Party is an effective tool for outreach to our community. It is a massive event that takes many volunteer and staff hours to accomplish. This last spring we sent out a survey to Covenant Life families with young kids and asked how they were using the Harvest Party as a mechanism for outreach. It was encouraging to see that some families were inviting unbelievers out to the Harvest Party! Thanks for doing that! However, in considering the feedback from the hundreds of families who responded, and the many factors at work in pulling off an event of this magnitude, we have decided to stop hosting a Harvest Party at Covenant Life in the month of October.
I know there are many different views and convictions on what a Christian should do on the night of October 31, and discontinuing the Harvest Party may force Covenant Life families to look around for ideas. There are many good options, but we did want to let you know that The Church of the Redeemer has a big Harvest Party every year from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Maryland Soccer Plex. They have communicated to us that they would welcome Covenant Life families at their event. Visit their website for more information.