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Go Local – Youth Ministry in Community.

I’ve been hearing about an annual event in our area called “The Holiday Walkabout”. From what I’ve read, it’d be a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

Birdie numero uno: Hanging out with my precious family doing something festive and fun together.
Birdie numero dos: Mingling with our community, families, and my guess…tons of middle schoolers.

What will you do locally to love and “walkabout with” your community?

I pray that we wouldn’t be so stressed out about our roles and responsibilities that we miss the opportunities to love each other, share peace and the warmth of Christ. Let’s let Jesus break into our lives like he did over 2,000 years ago–in a humble and quiet way, surrounded by the community who was looking for hope.

Hebrews 10:25 NLT

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Some opportunities in the 33813:

Annual Holiday Walkabout

Tuesday, November 29th – Downtown Lakeland
This annual event in Downtown Lakeland celebrates the holidays with shopping, dining, music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more! Holiday music from many area schools and churches create a festive atmosphere. And don’t forget shopping! If you want a gift that doesn’t say I was mass produced in a department store, then shopping in Downtown Lakeland is for you. Stores and restaurants will be open from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Free parking will be available at the main street garage. The public parking entrance is located on Cedar St. The Bay Street entrance is also open and can be accessed from Tennessee Ave.

Lights of Lakeland
Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
4730 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland FL 33813
December 2,3,4 and
December 9.10,11
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly

Free event. Free parking.
Bring your camera.
Santa’s house & reindeer: Featuring “Rudy the Tiniest Reindeer”
Santa & Mrs. Claus
Polar Express
General Store for kids to shop on their own.
Homestyle Candy Shop
Musical Water Show
Walk through Bethlehem with live animals and nativity

If you have a blog, Facebook page, or like to tweet, share your local favorites so others can join you!

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Brooklyn recently founded The Justice Movement, a church youth movement that helps teenagers help others. Her priority is to inspire and resource youth to break cycles of poverty through faith in action. An ordained pastor, Brooklyn has served in full time youth ministry for the last 16 years, authored numerous books, contributes and communicates for Orange Leaders, and speaks at camps and conferences. She, her husband Coy, and daughters Kirra and Mya live in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside, playing with their dog Marley. www.brooklynlindsey.com @brooklynlindsey/ www.justicemovement.com @thejustmove