Sharing The Gospel At Parades
1000's Of People... Just Waiting
Parades are wonderful places for sharing the gospel. People
typically arrive early and are stitting around killing time, waiting
for the parade to start. The bigger the parade, the earlier people
are there and the more time they have to kill.
are four phases to parade evangelism. They are:
1) Before the parade,
sharing with the participants who are in the parade.
2) Before the parade,
people waiting along the parade route.
3) During the parade,
people watching the parade.
4) After the parade as
You can expect a slightly different environment for witnessing
during each of these phases.
In addition, with some parades there are people hanging out in
parks near the parade. These are excellent opportunities to start
conversations. At other parades we may have a float,
which provides a different aspect of parade evangelism
General Guidelines For Parade Evangelism
- Clothes - Wear comfortable clothes and in particular
good walking shoes. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather.
- Do not wear sunglasses. People like to see your eyes when
you are talking with them.
- If it is sunny or rainy, you may want to wear a hat.
- Wear loose clothing with lots of pockets, including a shirt
with a pocket. Pockets are very important at parades. They
make it easy to carry a supply of tracts, New Testaments;
and other materials.
- Rain - Using an umbrella is difficult. It makes it hard
to hand out tracts. When you stop to talk with someone your umbrella
may be dripping on them. Instead of an umbrella, if it is raining,
dress for rain.
- Drink Lots of Water - Bring some water. When possible
we'll have a person, designated for each team, who carries water,
carries the tract supply, and takes pictures.
- Respect Other's Belongings - When handing out tracts,
if people are several layers deep, be careful not to step on items
belonging to people in the front row (or on people's toes) when
reaching to hand a tract to a person in the back row.
- Please be on time - At the designated starting time and
location we will begin with prayer.
- The Finish - In general, at the end return to the same
place we meet before the parade, unless another meeting place
was established. We'll collect the prayer requests and thank the
- Have fun. Parades are fun events. Smile. Enjoy the people
you are talking with.
Working With A Partner
There are several ways to hand out tracts at a parade working in
groups of two. In the diagrams below red dots are adults, blue dots
are children waiting for or watching the parade.
- Both people can stay together. While one hands out tracts, the
other prayers. Switch at the beginning of each block. If there is
a conversation, both stay together. One prayers while the other
conducts the conversation.
- Both can walk in the same direction, one in the street (orange
line) and one on the sidewalk (yellow line). The person on the sidewalk
may walk further and hand out fewer tracts.
- Both can walk in the street. One person directly goes ahead to
the end of the block, turns around and starts handing out tracts
move back the way they came (yellow). The other person moves along
the parade route nanding out tracts. They will meet somewhere in
the middle and then advance to the next block. At times, when there
is an opening through the people lining the street, you can step
onto the sidewalk and give tracts to people in the "back row."