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Love Where You Live

During the COVID-19 Season

This is a season like no other we’ve been through, and there are indications that this is creating new spiritual opportunities around us. In a study of self-identified non-Christians, 21.5% said the crisis is causing them to start reading the Bible, to search for Bible teaching online, or to have more spiritual conversations with family and friends. People around you may be more ready than you realize for a spiritual invitation! And even among those without an obvious spiritual interest, there is upsurge in interest in connecting with those who live nearby.

We believe that this is an unprecedented time for followers of Christ to take steps to initiate socially and spiritually. As social restrictions are beginning to loosen, we believe there is a pent-up desire for people to connect. We want our Doxology family to be prepared to take the simple step to initiate gatherings on their streets. We're confident you can do this in a way that is both fun and sensitive to the cultural moment we're in.

How do I get started?

Reaching out is easier than you might think, and small intentional gestures go farther than you might think... Click "Read More" to get started.

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Getting Started...

First, look over your Block Map and touch base with every neighbor in the 8 houses nearest you. (If you haven’t filled out your Block Map you can download one below.) Call, text, knock on the door, or leave a note for each neighbor. Ask, “Is there any way that I can help you or pray for you?” In this uncertain time, people may be more receptive than ever to an offer to pray.

You can also utilize your NextDoor app or a neighborhood Facebook group to connect with and become aware of other needs around you. On all social media, be a strong positive influence for hope and faith.

And finally, get outside and take a prayer walk around your neighborhood. Prayer-walking is simply talking with God as you walk –asking Him to work in the lives of the people who live around you. Smile, wave, and try to stop and talk (with proper social distance of course) with neighbors that you see. And as you have opportunity ask if there is anything you can pray for.

Download the Block map

How do I get started?

Reaching out is easier than you might think, and small intentional gestures go farther than you might think... Click "Read More" to get started.

Read more

Getting Started...

First, look over your Block Map and touch base with every neighbor in the 8 houses nearest you. (If you haven’t filled out your Block Map you can download one below.) Call, text, knock on the door, or leave a note for each neighbor. Ask, “Is there any way that I can help you or pray for you?” In this uncertain time, people may be more receptive than ever to an offer to pray.

You can also utilize your NextDoor app or a neighborhood Facebook group to connect with and become aware of other needs around you. On all social media, be a strong positive influence for hope and faith.

And finally, get outside and take a prayer walk around your neighborhood. Prayer-walking is simply talking with God as you walk –asking Him to work in the lives of the people who live around you. Smile, wave, and try to stop and talk (with proper social distance of course) with neighbors that you see. And as you have opportunity ask if there is anything you can pray for.

Download the Block map

7 practical ways that you can love your neighbors!

Figuring out ways to engage our neighbors can feel overwhelming at first, but breaking it down into simple steps is an easy way to take the edge off!

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7 Steps...

  1. Put your Block Map where you wash your hands most frequently. Pray for one neighbor at each washing!
  2. If the nice weather is drawing people out to walk around your neighborhood, then move out into your front yard to eat your picnic-style dinner, to play a family game, or to do chalk art. Engage (from a safe distance) with those who pass.
  3. Reach out to a person on your street who is among those most affected by self-isolation (an elderly person, a single parent, a person with a disability, someone living alone, parents with small children, etc.). Leave a note and a flower or small gift by their door.
  4. Volunteer to purchase and/or deliver groceries to a family in a food unstable household.
  5. Cook one larger meal this week, and then share the meal with another family or share a plate with a single neighbor.
  6. Before you order take-out from a local restaurant, let your neighbors know and offer to pick up a meal for them. 
  7. Send a text to one neighbor or friend who does not know Christ. Say, “You’ve been on my mind with all that is going on. How can I pray for you?”

Next Steps

We are finally starting to meet some neighbors, but what should we do next to get to know neighbors a little better?

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Next Steps...

Short texts can go a long way in building relationships. As you have met neighbors, don’t miss the opportunities to follow up. Through a text or brief phone call, you can engage in simple but meaningful ways.

Make the front yard your place to hang out, or to play with your kids. And have a few simple questions ready to ask that go beyond a greeting. How are you and your family holding up? What have you found to do to keep your kids busy?  What have y’all been doing for fun during this time?

Set up a game night on Zoom. Some folks are looking for an alternative to another night of Netflix, and relationships thrive when people laugh and play together.  You can try Boggle, Yahtzee, Pictionary, and more!

Ask questions to engage more deeply:

Ask how you can pray for them.  More people than ever are open to this question. Be sure to follow up a few days later and ask about what you prayed for.

Ask meaningful open-ended questions that go past the superficial.  

  • What are the emotional or spiritual supports in your life?
  • What has been tough for you? How do you handle stress?
  • What is something you have learned that you want to carry into the next season?

Ask for help. The strongest relationships are MUTUAL --where both people give and receive. Look for ways to sincerely seek out assistance, advice, support from a neighbor.

Next Steps

We are finally starting to meet some neighbors, but what should we do next to get to know neighbors a little better?

Read more

Next Steps...

Short texts can go a long way in building relationships. As you have met neighbors, don’t miss the opportunities to follow up. Through a text or brief phone call, you can engage in simple but meaningful ways.

Make the front yard your place to hang out, or to play with your kids. And have a few simple questions ready to ask that go beyond a greeting. How are you and your family holding up? What have you found to do to keep your kids busy?  What have y’all been doing for fun during this time?

Set up a game night on Zoom. Some folks are looking for an alternative to another night of Netflix, and relationships thrive when people laugh and play together.  You can try Boggle, Yahtzee, Pictionary, and more!

Ask questions to engage more deeply:

Ask how you can pray for them.  More people than ever are open to this question. Be sure to follow up a few days later and ask about what you prayed for.

Ask meaningful open-ended questions that go past the superficial.  

  • What are the emotional or spiritual supports in your life?
  • What has been tough for you? How do you handle stress?
  • What is something you have learned that you want to carry into the next season?

Ask for help. The strongest relationships are MUTUAL --where both people give and receive. Look for ways to sincerely seek out assistance, advice, support from a neighbor.

Suggestions for your neighborhood gathering...

Here are a few tips to keep your gatherings fun and safe!

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Doxology folks can be the best neighbors on the street and be the ones to initiate a gathering. We are not recommending big festivals with bounce houses and no social distancing. Instead we believe that people will be ready for simple opportunities to enjoy some good conversation.

  • Be sensitive. Pay attention to the announcements from our government about recommended social restrictions, and talk to a few neighbors. We are confident you can do this in a way that is both purposeful and sensitive to the cultural moment we're in.
  1. Meet outside in your backyard or driveway
  2. Keep the gathering small
  3. Give each other space
  4. Put out hand sanitizer
  5. Have pre-packaged foods and drinks (cans, juice boxes)
  • Find a partner. Recruit a neighbor or a Community Group friend to help you plan. (And it is always great to hang with a friend on the day of the party before other folks arrive.)
  • Keep it simple. You could invite people to bring their own chair and beverage, or serve pre-packaged ice cream treats.
  • Pick your date. Some folks will be ready for a gathering like this in the next week or two. Labor Day weekend may be a great time to celebrate on your street.
  • Distribute the invitations. Hand them out personally or leave them at the door. Follow up with a text or email if you have that information, but this is the time to reach out to people you may have never met.
  • Trust God with the results. None of us know what God is doing in the apartments and houses around us. Some people may be more ready than ever for an invitation like this. We just want to be the people who are ready to invite and welcome those who God is drawing!
  • Share your story. Be sure to take a picture and share it on social media with #LoveWhereYouLiveFW.