Churches from Latin America to Australia have been running ‘Light Parties’, an alternative to Halloween. An outreach event for the community, Light Parties aim to share Jesus – the light of the world, with fun activities for children and their families.
In Latin America it’s called ‘Octubrillante’ and is happening right now in over 220 cities in 450 churches in Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Panama, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico alongside USA and Europe. Last Saturday, in Buenos Aires there were 50 events at the same time!
Marcos a pastor from Argentina said, “the Light parties include children and teens, where every church opens the door in a creative way, but with the same message: Jesus is Light, we do not fear!”
In the rural regional centre of Goulburn in Australia, churches combined to put on a fun night for families with jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss, games and craft. 300 local people attended. Pastors Brian & Ali said “To finish off everyone comes together in the church for a puppet show and a fancy dress parade with prizes for the best dressed Super Heroes and Princesses!”
So don’t be spooked by Halloween. Share the Light of the World and connect your church with your community. And pray for the churches in Latin America running Octubrillante events in their communities this month.