The City Impact Church Community Fun Day, held at Browns Bay Beach Saturday 22 August 2009, was a huge hit with adults, youth and children alike.
Brilliant weather saw hundreds of families turn out to enjoy complimentary bouncy castles, face painting, candy floss and sausage sizzles, while clowns were kept busy making 'balloon poodles' for waiting children.
“It's incredibly generous that the church would lay all this on for the community,” said one mum, Kim Murdoch, as she waited for her son Stirling to be transformed into a tiger by the face painters.
The day also included a stage show, put on by members of City Impact Kid's Church, involving drama, crazy games and lollie scrambles, with plenty of audience participation.
“The show was a snapshot of the Kid's Church programme we run every Sunday at our 10am service,” explains City Impact Church children's pastor, Sharon Forman. “We really wanted to show people that church is a vibrant, fun place to be for the whole family.”
Meanwhile, young people from the church took to the streets of Browns Bay, handing out free home-baked cookies, prepared especially for the day.
Later, dozens of local youth participated in a City Impact Youth skate competition with Sean Bone taking first place in the over 15's category and Alex Denford coming first in the under 15's. The prize for 'Best Bail' went to Scott Olds, with prizes ranging from 'Poverty Kills' skate decks to T-shirts from Federation and Dook.
The Community Fun Day was part of a wider project by the church that saw over 450 volunteers turn out to do cleaning, gardening and maintenance for numerous private residences of people in need, and community organisations, all over the North Shore, including North Shore Hospital.
“When it comes down to it, having a positive impact in our community is all about helping that one person, or that one family in need,” says City Impact Church Community Project Co-ordinator Mary-Kath Laita. “Every individual counts.”
More information about City Impact Church events can be found at www.cityimpactchurch.com or by ringing the office on 477 0300.