Major holidays and festive events at other times of the year enable City on a Hill to form relationships with the families who live in the surrounding area or have children who are involved in our programs. The main focus of Big Events is to reach out to the parents of children who participate in the organization's programs. There are times intended for fun and for building a sense of community. Families see the gospel in action in an atmosphere of love at City on a Hill.
July 23: Neighborhood BBQ
The Neighborhood BBQ in July is City on a Hill's largest outreach event of the year. This neighborhood festival is held in the adjacent parking lot with music, kid's activities, and other social opportunities for the family. City on a Hill collaborates with on-site agency partners to provide a memorable event with a variety of informational booths and free services. Next step of relationship: Promote programs of City on a Hill and its agency partners. Parents who register for summer or fall programs will earn points to shop for household items in the Family Resource Center.
December 10: Stocking Outreach
This Outreach is a door-to-door activity that takes place throughout the surrounding neighborhoods to meet and engage new families. Children are given decorative stockings filled with goodies and parents are given a household gift from the Family Resource Center to bless them during the Christmas season. New families are made aware of City on a Hill programs and the services of agency partners. Next step of relationship: Promote winter programs, invite families to participate in fall programs. Parents who register for winter programs will earn points to shop in the Family Resource Center.
December 17: Family Christmas Party
This is a time for staff to celebrate Christmas with the families involved in the organization's programs. Presents are given to all of the children, and bedding and household items are given to the parents. The Family Christmas Party activities include face painting, balloon animals, Christmas crafts, family portraits, cookie decorating, and a special Christmas program. Adults who attend receive items from the Family Resource Center. Next step of relationship: Promote winter programs, invite families to participate in fall programs.
December 18: Christmas Store
Donated presents are sold to parents from our ministry at a fraction of the retail cost (appx. 80% off).
Rather than giving away presents, the Christmas store restores dignity by allowing parents to purchase gifts and provide for their family. If parents are unable to pay for their presents, they can volunteer at City on a Hill to earn store credits. Parents are then able to designate their financial contributions to support the ministry of City on a Hill or a selected missions project.