I was grousing the other day to my bishop about how the Church during my halcyon days of youth seemed to have a number of practices and activities that were fun, challenging, at times embarrassing, but ultimately productive ways of forming community and strengthening the ward. I realize that correlations and the ever-growing CHI have stifled many of these activities, some for good (and liability-limiting!) reasons, but still — I’m bringing churchy back. Most of these, upon reflection, are simply ways to use the stages in our cultural halls.
box wood derbys — amongst the adults. EQ vs. RS.
4. Haunted houses.
5. Sunday School opening exercises (including hymn practice).
6. The great arrangements from the blue hymnal.
7. Crazy maps of mesoamerica to explain the Book of Mormon. Oh, wait.
8. Door-to-door fast offering collection, with tattered blue envelopes.
9. Ward libraries with more local content, personal histories, genealogical archives, and people donating their LDS board games, Dialogues and Skousen archives. The ward library should be an immense treasure trove of nuttiness and coolness.
10. Ward Talent Night.
11. Ward Survival Skills Night. SERE training.
12. Progressive Dinners!
13. Sadie Hawkins!
14. Live nativities (our ward actually does this. I am tired of being baby Jesus).
15. Ward Teams for public sporting events like relays or marathons.
16. Moroni topiaries out front of the building.
17. Trick or treating, none of this centralized trunkfuls of junkfood crap.
This list is a work in progress. Please add your own.