A pancake breakfast is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to bring your neighborhood together. (Who doesn’t like free food?)

Join with one or two other neighbors to plan the event. If your neighborhood has a community building, get permission to use it on the specified Saturday morning. If not, have the breakfast in a local park or even in your driveway if you get a lot of traffic going by. 

Then get the word out in your community – for example, distribute fliers, post signs, or use old-fashioned word of mouth. Highlight that this is a free event for anyone who wants to come and meet and visit with his or her neighbors.

The affair can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish. For a simple pancake breakfast, all you’ll need are some boxes of pancake mix, large bowls, water, skillets, metal spatulas, ladles, and a heat source. If you can’t use a community kitchen, set up tables and plug in electric skillets in your driveway or at your local park. Have paper plates, plastic forks and knives, napkins, and syrup for your hungry guests. 

This event offers an opportunity for people in your community to get to know each other. It can be done on a monthly or quarterly basis, depending on the response.

Instant Intentions

As people gather before the breakfast, start the event with a short prayer of thanksgiving for the people in your neighborhood. Be ready to explain that you wanted to have the breakfast to show how thankful you are to God for your neighbors.  

-          From the book, Field Guide to Neighborhood Outreach by Group Publishing, 2007.

Note: With the frequent Y.O.J. and Mexico Mission pancake breakfasts and other meals we’ve enjoyed at Immanuel, I know many of you are already equipped with additional ideas for an event of this sort. Don’t forget the butter, jelly, honey, bananas, strawberries, whipped cream, and other fun pancake toppings! You might also want to have juice/coffee and side dishes such as fresh fruit, hash browns, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, and other brunch favorites. Make sure to take notes at the Easter Breakfast next week! – Lisa Jaeger