The Northport First UMC congregation set a goal for itself to be in mission to all and for all members to be in mission.
Earlier this year, several church members went on a mission trip to Chile immediately following the disastrous earthquake there this year. Following that trip, the congregation sought new ways to become a more visible and “hands-on” presence for Jesus Christ in its community.
One way the congregation reached out to its local community was with a Community Festival / Trunk’N Treat. With Halloween falling on a weekend, the congregation decided to expand its traditional Trunk ‘N Treat to be a way to reach out to the community.
A unique aspect of the festival was a free giveaway of clothes and other items. The festival also offered a health check, a tire and oil check, free lemonade and popcorn; a bouncy house, games and pizza. Local fireman were also part of the festival with a bright red fire truck and fire safety tips.
The congregation’s evangelism team welcomed people who attended the festival and invited them to church.
Several hundred people attended the festival and a large number of items were given to those in need.
One volunteer committed, "I have been involved with several churches and this was the most fun I have ever had."