031 – How to Rock Your Small Town Parade

It’s one of the many unique and enjoyable qualities of life in small, rural towns.  Almost every small town across our nation observes some sort of annual community celebration.

And usually as part of this annual summer celebration is…the parade!

I believe this is a great opportunity for your church to have a visual presence in your community.  I also believe if you’re going to invest the time and energy into participating in your local small-town parade you should make it excellent.  Creative.  Memorable.  Awesome!

In this unique podcast episode (that I promise will only make sense to rural and small-town people!) I discuss some of the creative parade float ideas The RESCUE Church has put together over the years.

Feel free to borrow and improve upon any of the ideas I mention in the show.

And as promised, here are a few pictures of some of the floats we’ve done over the years.

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I’d love to hear your ideas of creative parade ideas that you’ve either seen or been a part of over the years.

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!
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  • Cheebie Wonder

    Jon, so you know, we totally borrowed your “cold soda on a hot day” parade idea but with a twist. Because New Hope Church participated in the Nottingham, NH annual Christmas Parade, we shared the gospel along with a cup of hot cocoa! We used the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man to make things really crazy. Our float had a giant cup of cocoa with the cutest mallows bobbing on top! Signage helped bring the theme together (“Sta-Puft for Jesus” // “Jesus was no Softie” // “Pumped up for Jesus” // “Jesus – Good Stuff, No Fluff”). Thanks so much for the inspiration! Here is a link to YouTube video we made – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxcsMfbth-8&t=72s.

    • That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for being a listener to the Small Town Big Church podcast!