An Evans church is opening its doors to the community with a family-friendly festival.
Parkway Baptist Church, at 2543 William Few Parkway, will hold a Spring Fling Saturday, March 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
With an event featuring music, archery, games, grilling, door prizes, a wild-game dinner and programs for children and adults, members of the church say they hope this event will attract residents of the church’s surrounding neighborhoods.
“Everything’s free,” said Brent Butler, chairman of the event’s planning committee and director of the church’s Men’s Brotherhood group. “We’re not even taking donations. We just want to do something for the community at no charge to them.”
Mike Hortenstine, a member of the church and of the planning committee, said the event is first and foremost an outreach event.
“We’d just like to bring them in and let them see what we’re about,” he said.
In previous years, Hortenstine said the church just provided a wild game dinner for community members, attracting 250 people last year alone.
This year, Butler said this is the first time the church has undertaken a event of this size, saying that they are preparing for 500 people.
At first, the wild game dinners were just a part of the Men’s Brotherhood group.
But this year, Butler said, the group teamed up with the church’s women’s group, Women on Mission, to create an event that would serve whole families.
“I like to serve alongside my wife and the other men would as well,” he said. “It gives us the perfect opportunity to serve along with our wives and try to have a good time with the community. We’re just wanting to reach out and love on the community.”
While being hosted by and largely funded by the church, Hortenstine said sponsors such as Coca Cola Augusta, Keen Signs and Graphics and the Belair Conference Center have helped to keep this event free of charge.
He said it was as if the community were helping the church with its task of serving the needy.
“We want to get the people that are in need,” Hortenstine said.
“That’s what Jesus came for. He came for those that had needs and that’s what his ministry was about, and so that’s what we’re about.”
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