Members of the Lincolnton Church of God hope to save souls with free food, horseshoes and live music.
â€œEverything is free,â€ said Eric Griffin, youth and Christian education director at the church. â€œItâ€™s just a time of fun and fellowship.â€
The church will host Family Fun Day this Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. The event includes games for both children and adults, an abundance of food and coverage by Christian radio station WMIT 106.9 â€“ The Light.
Organizers of the event hope all that fun and fellowship will create connections in their community.
â€œWeâ€™re really doing it to help build some unity in our neighborhood and our church and our church family and just give people an opportunity to see what weâ€™re about,â€ said Griffin.
If that opportunity leads people to join the church, then so be it.
â€œOur main goal will be to go and fill the great commission, which is to go out into the world and seek them out for Christ,â€ said Griffin. â€œBut it gets really churchy sounding.â€
Griffin promises the event will be fun rather than preachy. The church already has a habit of hosting parties for teenagers every weekend.
Out Cry CafÐ¹, which is held in a converted gym, begins Fridays at 7 p.m. The cafÐ¹ has concessions, pool tables, air hockey, fooseball and occasionally live music.
â€œIt gives the kids a place to go to get off the street and a place for them to go that feels like itâ€™s theirs,â€ Griffin said.
On the nights with live music, attendance can grow to more than 100. The summer months, however, are much slower.
For younger kids, the church offers clubs for girls and boys on Wednesdays. Both groups spend the time learning about the Bible, but the girls also get to go on sleepovers and the boys take camping trips and learn about the outdoors.
The youngest children in the church enjoy Kingâ€™s Court, which uses puppets for worship.
This Saturday, event organizers hope to recruit both children and adults alike. While saving souls is the first priority, the hot dogs, hamburgers and air ride should also make for a good time.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping for a good turn out, hoping for a lot of the community to come out,â€ said Griffin.
by Sarah Grano