By Becky Crissman
WARWICK — A local church with the goal of sharing the love of Christ with the community is looking to do so by way of a festival centered around sharing the good news of Christ’s salvation with others.
“We are working to put together what we hope will be the first annual ‘Jesus and Me’ festival in Warwick,” said Rev. Eric Eidenire, pastor of Lakeshore Baptist Church. “As the world continues to slide, we were wondering what we could do, as Christians, to reach the people. There is no better way to do so than by taking a stance for Christ in a very public way.”
The “Jesus and Me” festival is set for Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Warwick. Eidenire said that throughout the day there will be a parade, vendors, music, dramas, ministry, a closing celebration with prayer, a time of invitation and discipleship followup. Vending activities should be family friendly such as arts and crafts, games, food, etc.
“We invite churches of all denominations, as well as, our civic clubs and community leaders to take part in the event,” said Eidenire. “They are encouraged to set up booths and/or enter floats in the parade.”
Eidenire said there will also be wholesome, Christian entertainment featured throughout the day in the park pavillion. Church choirs, ensembles, praise teams, soloists, bands and drama teams are encouraged to sign on and participate. A ministry and evangelism team will also be a common thread throughout the festival, sharing the gospel with the crowds, praying and handling social needs. This team will coordinate directly with vendors on how to share the Gospel, hand out Biblical tracks, and witness through personal evangelism. This team will also operate a spiritual care station as a vendor booth at the festival.
The closing ceremony for the festival will serve as a time to reach out to those in attendance who may not have a church home, and to reach those that have not heard the Word of God. It will also serve as an opportunity for those who are saved and that participated in the festival to end the day with a worship celebration.
“We will also have a discipleship followup,” said Eidenire. “This will be for those unchurched who respond to the Gospel. We want to be able to offer those people help as they take the next step in following Jesus.”
In order for the festival to be a success, Eidenire says, that they are asking the public to come together in support of the event. He says that there are numerous opportunities for any volunteers to step in and help.
“There are a number of committees that will be overseeing different parts of the event,” he said. “They include administration, organization/coordination, promotion/publicity, grounds committee, and community/activity committee.”
“This is all about sharing God’s love,” he said. “We want everyone to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and join us for a day of Christ-Centered Family Fun.”
An organizational meeting for the festival will be held Thursday, February 6 at the Warwick Community Center for anyone interested in being part of the festival’s organizational efforts. For more information or to volunteer you can reach Eidenire by calling (229)869-1046 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone interested in being a vendor can also send an email or call Mike at (229)938-1127 or Chris at (229)337-0024.
“If you do not live in the area and still want to be a part we encourage you to call or email,” added Eidenire. “We want anyone from the surrounding areas to come and take part in this special event.”
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” — Matthew 18:20