Friday, October 25, 2013

Service Day: Family Fun Fest at New Hope

This past Sunday, the church I attend (Mayfair Church of Christ) had a service day. Various groups throughout our congregation picked out service projects to work on and after worship that morning we left to go work on those projects.The class Jackie and I attend as well as the children's ministry staff decided on a project in the New Hope community. We helped New Hope Church of Christ with a Family Fun Fest and it was such a fun and successful day!
The church at New Hope is very small (around 30 members) and most of the folks there are older and therefore it is more difficult for them to put together something like a fun fest. At the same time, they are looking for ways to help and reach out to the community so this was a perfect way for us to allow them to reach out to the community without it being too much work or overbearing for them. 
I picked Jackie up and we headed out to New Hope and got there right about noon and helped get things set up. Jackie and I had signed up to work the popcorn stand so soon after we started getting things set up, we started popping popcorn. I must have eaten 10 pounds of it throughout the day. In addition to the popcorn, there were various carnival games and inflatables and face painting. 
About 175-200 people from the community came out at some point during the two hours of the fun fest and we stayed busy all day long. I don't know how many bags of popcorn we handed out, but we probably popped 12 rounds or so of popcorn. Each station stayed busy but it was a steady busy and none of us were swarmed with kids. 
After the festivities ended at 4:00 p.m., there was a devotional for those who stayed led by our associate minister. Some of us were able to start breaking down things and get started cleaning up during that time. Then, at 4:30 p.m., we served dinner to those who stayed. We had hot dogs, chips, and a dessert. I have no idea how many hot dogs were prepared, but I'm sure they were all eaten. One little boy went though the line at least five times. You could tell that a lot of the people were probably hungry and not accustomed to getting three meals a day. When you are around this type of environment, it will really make you appreciate all the amenities and luxuries we are afforded in our daily lives.  
It was a really great day and we were so thankful the weather was nice and that we had a great turnout. It warmed our hearts to be able to serve this community. God is good, y'all! 
 Face Painting!


 Ring Toss!

 Serving Bags of Popcorn!

 A lot of people stayed for the devotional, which was great!

 Serving dinner


Erika said...

That was such an awesome idea, and apparently, very well executed! I'm so glad they had such a good turn-out.
Very nice of Mayfair to help out - It's always nice to see congregations working together.

Jackie said...

Had a blast and can't wait to do it again next year!! You pop it they will come!