Friday, July 23, 2010

Banana Split Social

Bananas. ice cream. homemade sauces and toppings. meeting your neighbors. block party goodness.

Since we moved almost 5 months ago we have been
really intentional about trying to meet and get to know our neighbors.
Something that's definitely not a typical part of the Orange County way of life.

I think I mentioned a while ago that we moved right next door to our good friends.
It has been amazing to truly live in community with them.
We watch each others kids, cook meals together a few times a week, share things, hang out all the time and just
live life together.
It really is so awesome.

Anyways, with the help of our friends/next door neighbors
we have been on a mission to really get to know our neighbors so we can be
salt and light to them.
One way we have been intentional about doing this is by hosting
monthly block parties.
(with the help from our awesome community group from church).
Just going door to door to pass out fliers has been a great way to get to meet our neighbors
and then hanging out at the block parties has let us get to know them a little better.

The block parties have a been a neat way to feel the pulse of our street.
Since we are new to the block we didn't really know anyone.
The funny thing was
no one else knew anyone either.
Most people only knew the people on either side of them
if even that.
No one hangs out together.
No one eats meals together.
No one borrows missing ingredients from each other.
But people want to.
They are hungry for community.
To be known and loved and cared for.

I know meeting your neighbors can be kind of scary
(at least it is for me. I'm a total introvert)
but give it a try.
Maybe your neighbors are like mine
hungry for community
just waiting for someone to bring everyone together.

Last weekend we had our second block party.
A banana split social.

fresh bananas

homemade chocolate, caramel, pineapple and strawberry sauces

and all the traditional sundae fixings

delicious.

Last month we had a pancake breakfast
for our first block party.

We had fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, fruit, maple butter (so yummy) and of course
pancakes!

so much fun!

Do you guys have block parties on your street?
What other creative ways do you use to get to know your neighbors?

3 comments:

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

We just moved...What a great idea!

Amy Z said...

We have big pot luck parties a few times a year here. (EASY) My hubby and I were the first to really host and everyone LOVES it. Some of our neighbors have lived on our street for almost 30 years and never knew so many neighbors by name. THAT makes me happy :)

THE ZELLERS said...

Oops, I signed in with the wrong address. I also wanted to say that National Night Out has been a great way to get everyone out and spending time together.