Thursday, July 25, 2019

Frydlant Family Fest

Earlier this year our church began to dream about an outreach into our town that would reach families in a fun and friendly way this summer. After much thought and prayer, an idea was born and Family Fest became a reality!

Kyle and Amy, a JV couple who started attending our church this year (after they moved from another town and church) agreed to take leadership for it. And today, the vision became reality!

Our church rented the recreation center in town, and this week a team of people from a partnering church in the States, Christ Community in St Charles, IL, joined church members in building and setting up the facility for our three day Family Fest!

A "bouncy house" supplier agreed to bring in different playhouses for the kids every day, and then there were games for the whole family spread throughout the facility.

Many church members came as helpers, to both set up and run the booths.

With my background in childhood baseball games of my brother, and a Triple A farm league in town  (Go Eugene Emeralds!), I chose to run the "baseball toss"!

We opened our doors to friends, townspeople and our church family at 3 PM, with a planned program that ran until 9.

The carnival games were so creative, and the atmosphere just perfect for a summer afternoon of fun.

After dinner, catered by our best restaurant in town, everyone gathered in the field where benches had been set up for the evening program.

After a super fun game of pocket scavenger (where items are asked for from the audience out of pockets, purses and backpacks!), and after the kids had gone inside for a fun movie, Dave spoke to the audience about how to be good parents.

Here, he's interviewing a man from our church, a psychologist, who will give 2 of the 4 talks at Family Fest

This is the first time our church has done anything like this, so it was encouraging to see so many people come!

Our goal is to provide a fun, happy and loving environment to build relationships and open doors to talk about the Gospel.

I'm excited for what God has for us these next few days!

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