TORONTO - The Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave., will be hosting a summer bash for families and children set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 at the church parking lot.
The event will include fun and games for children as well as hot dogs and other family fun, according to Josh Elliot, church pastor. "We already hosted a fall bash," said Elliot, adding the summer bash event will be free for adults and children. "This is a summer bash. We're going to have free food and games for the kids. We're also going to have inflatable (games). We're also going to give away (summer) clothes from our Kid's Closet."
Elliot said the goal of the bash is to let the community know the church cares for and is there for the community as well as giving kids something fun to do at the beginning of summer. "(The bash) fits in with our overall ministry," he said, adding thinking outside the box and ministering to the community's needs is paramount for the church. "We are really, as a church, trying to reconnect with the community and provide effective ministry solutions for the needs of the community."
Elliot said the entire community is invited, and fliers will be handed out at city schools.
"The parents can pick up summer clothes items for the kids (during the event)," Elliot continued. "Most importantly, it's providing an opportunity for the church to meet the community face to face and connect. Hopefully the parents will know there's someplace where they can go when they need help, and we can minister on a spiritual level -not just a physical level."
Eliot added the church will be hosting Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 16-20 at the church. For information, call (740) 537-2210.