It’s a work of apostolic genius and I just have to tell you about it. It’s our Portable Party Pack (PPP).
Over a year ago our Glocal Team (global + local = glocal) asked a really great question: “What can we do to equip and encourage our Crosspointers to incarnate the gospel in their neighbourhoods?” Their brainchild was the PPP.
The PPP makes hosting a block party easier. If you really want to get to know your neighbours, a block party is a great step. I’ll write more about block parties later, but if you want to get a head start, check out the website for The Art of Neighboring. They do a fantastic job of showing you how to move from being strangers, to acquaintances, to relationships with those in your hood. Buy the book – it’s a must read. One interesting piece of trivia I found is that their block party kit was designed based on the kit put out by the City of Edmonton. Way to go YEG!
If there’s one thing a church-plant knows, it’s how to be portable. When the PPP was first conceived, we wanted to make sure that we could build it as inexpensively and portable as possible. That’s really the genius behind the trailer. It’s incredible what actually fits in this one tiny box. First, there’s a huge BBQ that will cook a hundred hot dogs faster that you can sing the Oscar Mayer Wiener song. It actually collapses down to a height of 42 inches. We also managed to pack four durable plastic picnic tables inside – each of these collapse down to four inches in height. And I can’t forget the two canopies, two coolers, and four propane tanks, not to mention the propane heater that we will be mounting on top of the trailer. Seriously…it’s a portable party.
Crosspoint is taking seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbours. Sadly, we live in a day when many people can scarcely recall their neighbours’ names. How can you love your neighbour if you don’t know your neighbour? That’s why we’re training, equipping and mobilizing our people to love their neighbours.
The PPP is simply a tool that helps us show the love. If you call the party, we’ll bring the party to you. Just make sure you book it in advance. We have a team who will bring the PPP right to your party location and then pick it up the next day. Last summer the PPP was used thirteen times and we’re sure it will be used even more this year. Not only was it used for block parties, but also for community events and feeding the homeless at a shelter.
You might be tempted to give us a call to see if you can borrow or rent the PPP. Sorry, but it’s only for Crosspointers and their missional endeavours. Even if you happen to know a Crosspointer, they won’t be able to book it for you. It’s an insurance thing. But more than that, it’s a clarity of vision thing.
However, if you want to know how to make one for yourself or for your church, we’ll gladly share everything we know.