Last year marked the first annual “Community Block Party” held by Cornerstone Church. Although it was a rainy day, Pastor King Smith says they received positive feedback from the attendees. And this year they hope to build upon this event with hopes of a sunnier day.
The party will take place in front of the church on Aug. 11 and will run from 5 – 7 p.m. Guests can expect an array of activities such as bouncy inflatables and face-painting. Hiring a juggler or clown is also in the works. While guests chow down on free food, they will be entertained b y local Iowa band MOTV8.
Cornerstone created this gathering to “change the perception of what church is,” says Smith. “We’re not there to evangelize. We’re there to show that churches have fun and get to know our neighbors a little bit better.”
Some of last year’s visitors came harboring leery feelings, he says, but found not a hint of “arm twisting” when it came to religious concepts, Smith was pleased to hear. The event started small, with only people within a six-block radius of the church being invited. But this year, the hand has been extended even further.
“Our goal is for this to be a community-wide event,” explains Smith.
Although everything is currently funded solely from the church’s pocket, if the party does receive as much attention as Cornerstone hopes, the church will begin to look for sponsors to assist with the cookout.
If you decide to go, and you decide you like the event, Smith encourages you to consider attending Cornerstone’s Fall Harvest Party on Oct. 26. The vision is to have hay rides, kids’ games and a bonfire — with city permission, of course. Food will also be served.
“We love to eat,” Smith laughs.
Although Cornerstone is hosting these affairs, it is more of a friendly gathering among friends new and old than it is considered to be a “church” affair.
“We like doings things for our community and not just take way from our community,” Smith says.
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