OK, so you have just made it through another busy Easter season, I bet you are ready to relax until VBS aren’t you? Not so fast. Don’t you know there are thousands of Peeps out there waiting to be rescued. I’ve always been a big fan of Peeps and right now is the best time to buy them. You would be hard-pressed to find a store that doesn’t have a good supply of those sugar coated-marshmallow goodies on sale for 50-75% off the price you would have paid for them just three days ago. Now, for me personally, I love a good stale Peep. In fact, I really can’t stand the fresh ones. For me, a Peep can best be enjoy after sitting in an open package for about 5 days. Yummy. Just a little more chew than the fresh ones and oh so good.
I've digressed long enough, the point of this post is really about the actual PEEPS who were in your church on Sunday morning. They might have been rare attenders, irregular attenders, or first time guests. Whatever they were, make sure you do something about it. Now is not the time to sit back and relax, it is the time to get into gear. Reach out to those families and get them involved in the ministries of your church. While you are at it, be creative with it. Try using Peeps! I can't think of a sweeter way to tell someone you are glad he or she came to your church on Easter Sunday morning. Here are some ideas for using PEEPS to reach your church's Easter PEEPS.
1. Buy lots of packages of Peeps and attach some notes to them and get Sunday School teachers, Deacons, etc. to deliver them to different families. Here are some examples of some catchy sayings: "Thanks for being one of our PEEPS this Easter. Hope you come back soon!" "We hope to hear a PEEP out of you again soon!" "It was wonderful having new PEEPS at our church this Easter. Come again soon!" OK, so I know those are cheesy, but I bet they make an impression!
2. Have a Peep Family Night. Invite church families and visiting families to come back to a Friday Family night. Buy Peeps and plan Minute-to-Win-It type games using the Peeps and then make 'smores using Peeps. There's nothing better than a melted Peeps with chocolate and graham crackers.
3. Mail a card out that says "Good for one package of Peeps. Redeem at Community Church, Sunday April 14." Be prepared to give out Peeps to all who bring back the card.
4. Don't let them hear a PEEP out of you. Sadly, that's going to be the thing that most churches will do with the thousands of prospects they got on Easter morning. Nothing. There won't be any postcards, letters from the Sunday School teachers, phone calls, or visits to their houses.
So get to PEEPing. Don't just assume someone else will do it. Reach out, visit, give a hoot! Oh wait, I mean Peep! (P.S. Don't forget if you are sending me a Peep, I want mine a little stale.)