Area churches unite for Community Fun Day
By Nathaniel Cline
Four Westmoreland churches united last Saturday attracting many from far and wide.
Packed with games, attractions, entrees and deserts, the Community Fun Day held at Zion Baptist Church in Tucker Hill featured primarily Westmoreland County congregation members from Community of Light Ministries, and Baptist Churches of Zion, New Jerusalem and Potomac.
Pastor Paul Jones, of Zion Baptist Church, referenced the Bible stating “We are all one body in Christ.” He believed the message helped organizers collaborate for the community fun day.
“I hope that this will be just a start and will continue not only this day…but any kind of outing that each other has,” Jones said.
Pastor Gerald Smith said even before Saturday’s event, the Lord called for all people to unite.
“We’re just trying to fulfill the mandate that the Lord has established through his word and manifestation of uniting together for fellowship, fun, family, friends and just having a wonderful time in the Lord,” Smith said.
It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that Smith was pushed in the dunk-tank from behind by his good friend Pastor Caroll Wilson of Community of Life Ministries. Wilson was pleased to see the effort in joining the churches together.
“A community is built on people loving and reaching out to one another. That’s what it is all about,” Wilson said.
If anyone knows about pulling resources and helpers together it’s the Northern Neck’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year Daisy Howard Douglas, a title voted on by the regional public earlier this year.
“Everywhere around the huge yard, I saw smiling, happy people wearing bright new T-shirts that represented their churches,” Douglas said, representing St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Hague. “The young children were elated with the many games and array of delicious food and cold drinks were greatly appreciated by everyone.”
Potomac Baptist Church, another church minister in Hague is led by pastor Carey Parker. “It’s great for fellowship, great for bringing the community together and more powerful for the children,” Parker said. “They need to see we can get together and enjoy one another in a setting such as this. It’s a blessing.”