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COVID-19: How to Invite Friends to Online Easter Services

04.08.20 | Discipleship | by Patrick Trawick

COVID-19: How to Invite Friends to Online Easter Services

    This year COVID-19 is forcing churches to celebrate Easter a little differently than usual. But as we’ve said many times during this unique season, the gospel can’t be quarantined and movements can’t be stopped. So, instead of being one church celebrating Easter in six locations, we’ll be one church celebrating Easter in thousands of locations!

    It’s well known that even people who don’t regularly attend church often visit around Christmas and Easter. Research shows however, that many people will never attend church without an invitation from someone. The fact is, you have far more influence than you realize! With this in mind, here are a few tips to invite someone you know to join Easter Online with Biltmore Church:

    Make Contact

    It’s hard to beat a personal invitation directly from you. Reach out via phone or text to some people you know and ask them if they would like to watch an Easter service with you. If the answer is yes, ask what time they would like to watch. This year we’ll be broadcasting Easter services at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM.

    Not sure what to say? Just be honest. You can say, “Hey, I know Easter is going to be a little bit different this year. Would you want to watch one of our online services with me?”

    Once you’ve picked a time, make sure they have the links to watch. Make it easy for them. You can copy and paste one of these links to share with them:

    Utilize Social Media - Like, Comment, and Share

    As you see information about our Easter services on social media, you can help play a huge part in spreading the word even further. Now, I have to admit I don’t understand all of this completely, but people smarter than me with computers and social media say that when you like, comment, and share a social media post it helps the algorithms, flux capacitors, and something on the space station. 

    Okay…I may have made those last couple of things up. But it's true that when you engage on social media it really helps get the word out. So, when you see a post about Easter, be sure to: like, comment, and share it.

    You can also post invites on your social media feed and stories! Our team has put together a few invites that you can download here.

    Follow Up

    In a time of social distancing, it’s perhaps more important than ever before to remain connected to people in other ways. For many of us, Zoom has temporarily replaced meetings and Connect Group gatherings. I’ve spent more time than ever on the phone calling and texting people to check on them. So, make sure you follow-up with the people you invite to watch Easter services with you. Reach out to them the same way you invited them to watch. Here are some questions you could ask: What did you think of the service? Which song was your favorite? What part of Pastor Bruce’s sermon inspired you the most? You could even ask them some of the questions we ask in Connect Groups: Did you learn anything new about God? Did you learn anything new about yourself? Was there a promise you held on to during this crazy season of life? Perhaps the most important question you could ask is this: When we start meeting together again as a church, would you come with me?

    We believe God has big things in store this Easter Sunday. We want you to be part of the movement. So, go ahead, right now, reach out to that person you know and invite them to join you. Like, comment, and share everything you see regarding Easter with Biltmore Church. And who knows, when you follow-up with the people you invite, maybe this will be the Easter you lead someone to Christ for the very first time!