Festival highlights unity, love in Christ’s name
Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2023
Four community churches are partnering to host a family Fall Festival on Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. The event, originally hosted by Launch Children’s Ministry at Southside Baptist Church, developed into a collaboration when ministry leaders invited Greenville’s First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Methodist Church to join in the effort.
Daniel Ingram, a Launch Children Ministry committee member, said organizers are absolutely thrilled to be partnering up with other churches to host this event for the community.
“It actually says in scripture that two are better than one, well in this case it’s four are better than one,” Ingram said. “The Fall Festival is going to be so much fun for the kids in our community.”
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The festival will be held at Beeland Park and will include trunk or treating, carnival games, a cake walk, a hay-ride, hotdogs, popcorn, candy, music, a photo booth and a dunking booth. Some of the dunking booth volunteers include Greenville High School football coach Garrick Pimienta, Greenville Middle School football coach Brian Smith and Parks and Recreations Director Jerome Harris III.
Pastor John Girdley of the First Baptist Church in Greenville said he is grateful for this opportunity.
“This year’s Fall Festival at Beeland Park will highlight the unity and focus of our local churches to love our community in the name of Christ,” Girdley said. “I’m so thankful for the pastors and church leaders who have worked hard to make this event possible!”
Abbie Gardner Ballew, a Launch Children Ministry committee member, said it has always been their dream for it to be a complete community event, and desires to continue to grow the festival partners each year. Ballew asked that festival goers park at the baseball field parking lot.
“The biggest thing is to please park at the baseball field parking lot and then walk down the sidewalk to Beeland Park, because we don’t want any cars where we have the trunk or treat, dancing and the hay rides,” Ballew said. “We want to keep it very safe for the kids. We are excited and hope the community dresses up and joins in!”
Beeland Park is located at 1204 East Commerce Street in Greenville.