Neighbourhood Witch

We live in a sheltered little area between two major roads, our own island of suburbia, so to speak. There’s a neighbourhood watch and a playground down the road where parents look out for each others kids. Community is a bit of a deal, which is great, I think this sort of thing has been lost in most areas these days. However, the other day we received in our letter box, a flyer promoting a neighbourhood Halloween thing. It reads:

Dear Neighbours,

This coming Friday 31st is Halloween

A few families thought rather than children knocking on every door, we could pre-arrange who was interested in participating and by simply, having something ‘Halloween’ outside, or leaving a porch light on the children would know where to knock.

We believe Halloween is a good excuse for all the children in our 2 little streets to dress up and meet the neighbours in our friendly community. We encourage all our resident families to join in.

I considered not participating at all; handing out gospel tracts instead of sugar; and hooking up the garden hose just inside the front door, choosing the ‘trick’ rather than the ‘treat’ option. Instead, I’ve decided to join in. We’ve bought some funsize bars and mini bags of Pizza Shapes (healthy option) and I found these little pumpkins at Hot Dollar which I’ve put tea lights in, for outside. I might even offer accompanying parents a coffee?

Is this the right choice?

Is God’s kingdom better served by withdrawing from or participating in community activities like this?

Please be praying for us and our neighbours.

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6 Responses to Neighbourhood Witch

  1. Middle Man says:

    Doesn’t the Bible say something about “Love Thy Neighbour”? Other religions are also quite big on celebrating our differences/diversity. Perhaps this is just one of those occasions when you should “Suffer Little Children” and be very, very grateful that you have thoughtful neighbours!

    Just out of interest, I assume you go to Church on a Sunday? Maybe you bring a tree into your house at Christmas?

    I think you would be surprised how many “Christian” rituals are based on earlier pagan ones. And, I wonder why tomorrow is All Saints Day? And, I do believe that the concept of “Good” and “evil”, the Devil, etc. pretty central to the creed, are they not.

    So, let down your hair and have a safe, fun, harmless evening with the families that wish to share with you. Have a good one!

  2. matttoose says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting Middle Man.

    Yep, we’re Christians. How about you? You’re right about the Bible and “Love your neighbour”, that’s one of the motivating factors for us. I was also thinking about Paul’s example where he talks about becoming all things to all men in 1 Corinthians chapter 9. He does this so he can better connect with the people around him to share the good news of Jesus who died and rose to life.

    We also ‘do’ Christmas and I’m vaguely aware of the history behind the dates for Christmas and Easter. Today is also known as Reformation Day – as we remember the Christian Reformation. I think All Saints Day is more of a Catholic thing.

    It’s been good so far. Over 25 kids. 4 parents to the door with quick chats. Waves to another 3 parents waiting in the street.

  3. onlinesoph says:

    I don’t see why you guys can’t join in. It’s just a bit of fun and I don’t think Halloween has such a big connection with witchcraft and paganism as it has in the past.

    And who knows? You might get to know your neighbours better in the process, leading to more chats! So good on you 🙂

  4. portablepeopleproductions says:

    On ya Matey. Perfectamundo. I will pray now for the contacts you have begun and the real friendships that can result. We are up to about the same place in Juliett St with friendships. It’s worth it.

  5. Grant says:

    We need to make greater efforts at perfecting community, actively seeking harmony with those around us. Inevitably there will be differences between us. That is not only expected, it is inevitable. We should not be afraid of difference. Even difference of opinion. Too often religion is used as the thing that divides us. We seek out the differences between ourselves. The postulates of fundamentalist Christianity, like most fundamentalism, prefers being right over being nice. I don’t understand why that is. The church must carefully consider its track record. Sure there are fights to fight, but considerably fewer than you suspect. Noone will judge the strength of your faith Matthew by participating in community. Nor can you judge the strength of anyone elses faith because they choose to participate.

    suggest to us that if we do not articulate the difference at every opportunity, we do a disservice to our beliefs and our God. We compete to be heard. We compete to be right.

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