Bless My 5

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God’s call to love our neighbors can feel overwhelming. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. My Five is a simple way to begin the practice of BLESS with your five closest neighbors.

HOW TO GET STARTED:

1. Write the names of the five neighbors who live closest to you. If you’re not sure what their names are, add a simple descriptor to distinguish them from the rest of your neighbors until you learn their names.

2. Add some relevant information about the family. Include information about their occupations, hometowns, and favorite hobbies – anything to help you remember.

3. Post your My Five somewhere visible – on a mirror, window or refrigerator – for a daily reminder to engage with your neighbors.

4. Use the BLESS practices and explore how you and your family can make a difference in the lives of those living right next door.
   Begin with prayer
   Listen to your neighbors when you interact with them
   Eat a meal together
   Serve them during times of need
   Story – Learn their story and share yours

5. As you get to know your neighbors, update your My Five with information that will help you BLESS them uniquely. Life-change starts at your front door. Don’t worry about being the “right” person to BLESS your neighbors – God has you where you are for a reason. That’s the only qualification you need to begin living a life intent on answering God’s call to love your neighbors as yourself.

CLICK HERE for a printable explanation card.

BLESS Your Neighbors

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ JESUS in Mark 12:31 NIV

Beside loving God above all, loving your neighbor as yourself was the second highest calling Jesus called his followers to obey. Just as God blessed Abraham and called him to be a blessing to to others, we too are called as followers of Christ to be a blessing to our neighbors. Below are some specific tips on learning to intentionally love your neighbors.


Pray with your Family  | Remember your neighbors by name during mealtime and bedtime prayers.

Prayer Walk | Walk by yourself or with family, roommates, and other neighbors who are believers. Pray over each home by name as you pass and ask God for opportunities with your neighbors.


Ask Open-ended Questions | How long have you lived in SA? What line of work are you in? What do you do for fun?

Ask Follow-up Questions | How did that test go? Are you feeling better? How was your vacation?


Enjoy a Meal Together | Invite a neighbor (or two) for a BBQ, order in Pizza, or have everyone bring a dessert to share.

Celebrate Special Occasions and Holidays | Bake cupcakes for birthdays. Send a casserole to new parents. Deliver Christmas cookies.


Serve While You’re Outside | Turn lawn chores into opportunities to serve: Mow lawns, water yards, etc.

Serve In Times of Need | Visit when a neighbor passes away or has a baby. Deliver flowers or a gift. Coordinate meals with other neighbors.


Share Commonalities | Hobbies such as golf, book club, bunko night, or a running/fitness group can all bring people together.

Socialize and Make Holidays Special | Enjoy recreational areas. Participate in yard sales and BBQs. Attend holiday parties.

 

Are you ready to BLESS your neighbors? We want to offer you support and encouragement on your neighborhood journey! Complete the form at this link if you want to participate and you’ll receive encouragement from our leadership team as you step out in love for Christ. 

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By completing this information, you'll be letting the staff know you're using the BLESS MY 5 program to care for your neighbors this year. You'll also be able to get occasional support and encouragement from our pastors during the year.

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