The Sparkle Card – An Outreach Testimonial

This post was written by Cera Talamantes, a member of the INCM Blog team.

The determination on her face was intense as this second grader was working on a handmade church invitation for her best friend.

With the tip of her tongue sticking out the corner of her mouth and her brows furrowed in concentration, she carefully wrote “You’re Invited” on the front of the empty card she was decorating.

There were confetti, glitter glue, and crayons everywhere as the Sunday morning class loudly and joyfully worked on this activity.

We had been talking about the importance of outreach that day.

What it means to go beyond ourselves, beyond our walls to seek, serve, and love those who had not come yet.

We watched as we dropped rocks into a pool of water and the ripples spread out across the water.

The leader explained that these ripples are a good example of the effects of God’s love when we intentionally share it with others.

Determined Decorator

Most of the kids saw this as a great opportunity to be creative and have fun, but there was one who was extra dedicated.

I sat next to the determined decorator and asked her who was so special to receive something she was working on so diligently.

“My best friend from school and she lives across the street. We talk about Jesus a lot, and she really wants to get to know Him more so she can be His friend too, but her mom and dad don’t go to church. So…I’m going to invite THEM!”

She was giddy with excitement, and I realized quickly I was in the way of the glitter glue she needed.

I stepped back and watched as she completed the masterpiece.

She carefully watched the glue dry before walking out the door, invitation in hand.

As she left the building and made it out to the parking lot, I caught a glimmer of glitter in the sun, and I prayed for God to be with her as she went on this mission.

Message Received

Two weeks later she bounded into class, hand in hand with her best friend.

For months, each Sunday, this pair would come to worship and grow together.

When midweek groups started up in the spring, not only did the student bring her best friend, but the friend’s brother started to tag along!

Nine months after the invitation was first delivered, I watched as two best friends walked into church hand in hand, with ALL their families behind them.

Tears filled my eyes as she shared that this was the first time her WHOLE family, mom, dad, brother, and she had gone to church together.

Turns out that handmade invitation still hangs on the fridge of that neighboring family. 

Outreach Matters

Outreach can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task.

At times we may be looking at the big picture of outreach and allow ourselves to get caught up in the big events, having the most dates on the calendar, and reaching the highest attendance numbers.

When we focus on that, we lose sight of the bigger and better picture that God has planned and already accomplished.

The ripple effects of that one simple, handmade, glitter-covered invitation had a lasting impact on so many families at our church and is an incredible example of the importance of determination, intention, and faith. 

Kids always astound me in how they prove they are already amazing leaders in our church.

Where our leadership team discussed the best approaches to outreach, this second grader gave us the best example of living it out.

Her determination to not give up, the intention she showed in making sure they were welcomed even before they stepped in the door, and the faith she had were so Jesus would be a best friend to all of them one day.

And oh, what an amazing BEST friend Jesus is!


About Cera

Cera Talamantes has served in ministry for over a decade, volunteering in different areas but was called most to preschool and children’s ministry. Cera and her husband, Joseluis, have two incredible kids. Their family loves spending time together making lasting memories and having crazy Uno game nights.

More Posts

Creating a Culture of Belonging

What does it mean to belong? In our culture today, we “belong” to a lot of things. But what does it mean to know you belong? That goes a little deeper. Knowing deep down you belong is more than a name on a roster or participation in an event. It

Read More >

Let God Deal With Everything Else

When you hear the phrase “let it go” you almost instantly think of the hit song from Disney’s animated film “Frozen”. But while reading in the book of John this week, the phrase “let it go” served as a great reminder. We pick up the story in John chapter 11

Read More >

What Is the Value of Midweek Programming?

Midweek programs for kids are being cut in many churches. The reasons range from a lack of resources, volunteers, and interest. However, despite these obstacles, the value of midweek programming is substantial. This article aims to explore the significance of these programs and encourages churches to continue, even when it

Read More >

An Anxious Generation — Now What?

“Erosion doesn’t excite people.”

This is what I thought recently while reading a news story about an 1800s farmhouse in England that’s beginning to hang over the edge of a cliff due to seaside erosion. The historical home is about to be demolished to prevent it from careening over the

Read More >
INCM

Get Your Free Prayer Experience Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Creating Moments Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Join the list, and we'll send you more info on coaching.

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Join the list, and we'll send you the INCM Member invite!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Video Devotional & More!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Felt Safety for Kids Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Trauma Assessment Resource!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Policy Review Framework!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Receive Encouragement, Get Exclusive Offers, and Much More

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Be the first to hear about the coaching release in 2020!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.