Little ghosts and goblins came out to Faith Lutheran Church in Lakewood on Halloween to enjoy a Fall Festival as part of the new Kids of the Kingdom outreach program. (See photos from the event below!) Volunteers from Building Hope in the City, Messiah in Fairview Park and Faith in Lakewood welcomed nearly 50 children and parents who live in the neighborhood surrounding Faith.
The Fall Festival precedes the kick off of the Kids of the Kingdom program on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Kids of the Kingdom program coordinator Julie Bacon and BHITC Assistant Director Brian Upton say that, while on the surface the Fall Festival appeared a simple event for the neighborhood, incredible ministry occurred. Brian Upton shares his thoughts below:
“For those of you who didn’t attend the Fall Festival, you missed something pretty incredible (no, I’m not talking about the giant inflatable bouncy house!)
About 50 people from the community showed up. As far as I could tell (I spoke personally to most of them), they are all first-time visitors. There were plenty of games, hotdogs, prizes, animal balloons and music, all of which were nice but not incredible.
What was incredible were the conversations we had with visitors. Some confessed they had not been in a sanctuary for decades (we gave tours). Another couple told us they were new to the neighborhood and had been wondering about Faith. Still another asked what a “Lutheran” was? But, what took the “incredible” cake for me was the mom who asked if her child could still come to Kids of the Kingdom next week even if the family had “no religion”.
It may look like child’s play, but folks we’re on the cutting edge of mission to those disconnected and disenfranchised from Christ.
I ask that you pray for this ministry and its coordinator, Julie Bacon. And I ask that you pray for the Messiah and Faith members who will start ministering to these families next Saturday.”