Having Fun, Helping Others

By Rick Wolcott*

Andover United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District) held a block party on May 17 as part of the denomination’s Change the World weekend.

Developed through the church’s youth group, the block party was a day of fun for the community that also benefited children in need in East Ohio and around the world.

“I am excited and proud of our youth’s idea and work on this project,” said Associate/Youth Pastor Jason Hockran. “It was an excellent event on many levels: community outreach, discipleship involvement, ministry fundraising and just down right fun in the name of Jesus!”

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More than 200 people attended the block party, which featured live music, face painting, a bounce house, a rock wall, corn hole, a dunk tank, carnival food, and much more.

“This event was a success due to the involvement of our youth and adult volunteers and the many different ways the congregation and local businesses invested in making it happen,” Hockran said.

The $1,500 raised in donations will be evenly split between Flat Rock Homes, an East Ohio Health & Welfare ministry, and the Kursk Region Boarding School, a conference 3Cs (Churches, Clinics & Classrooms) Mission site.

“In addition to the fundraising this event was impactful to the community as an outreach event,” Hockran said. “We had many families not connected to our church and we pray that in the weeks ahead they may attend a worship service. We were blessed to be able to offer them Christ in this unique way.”

*Rick Wolcott is director of Communications for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.