In reuniting, OTM becomes more than a once a year event!
To reunite those who did OTM in the Summer in the same location, to undertake a Christmas outreach event reminding people that the local church still cares and to reinforce the message of OTM in the lives of both participants and the local community.
To reinforce the message of OTM in the Summer in both:
- Local community: Through revisiting homes where work was done, giving them a Christmas Card and inviting them to church, we hope to reinforce the message of God with them at Christmas.
- OTM’ers: By bringing the young people back together, they get to reignite friendships, remember funny stories and revisit the OTM community for another night.
This can reinforce the principle of OTM in their lives that it is not a one off Summer project, but an all year round everyday Christian life thing.
Revisiting the same location as the Summer and distributing invitations to Christmas services with personalised Christmas Cards, reminding people of the real reason for Christmas.
It is aimed that this distribution could be on the same day as the service they are advertising so that the young people could also go to that service and bless the local church.
How it meets the diocesan strategy:
Deeper: In returning to the same location with the same young people from the OTM in the summer, the message of grace and service is reinforced. This gives young people a new context to think about what OTM is all about.
Closer: By coming back together again, relationships are renewed and friendships re-ignited. This event aims to remind people that the community formed in the Summer should not be left there.
Wider: In reaching out using familiar faces to familiar faces from the Summer, it is hoped that the local church will take on a new meaning for some people, that something will click with them that there is something different, and that the local church does care. In this instance, the young people from OTM are enabling a wider vision of the local church to reach into their own community.