First United Methodist Church of Cullman has been hosting Trunk or Treat around the Street for 8 years. Children's Minister Melissa Betts and Youth Minister Lora Parker team up to help the congregation create a night of outreach to the community.
"Over the years we have seen the crowds grow from a couple of hundred to thousands who now attend," stated Betts. The church blocks off the parking lot and a couple of streets around the church. Church members fill the lot with decorated trunks and give away LOTS and LOTS of candy. Food trucks are on site, and the church praise band has been deemed "rockin'" according to the buzz from the church's weekday school drop off this morning. The local newspaper, The Cullman Times, also gave this event a front page spot.
Cullman First UMC uses Trunk or Treat as a fun way to engage people in what will be happening during our upcoming Advent Season -- service offerings, children and youth events, Angel Tree, UMCOR shoe boxes, mission market......we open our church and share a free night of fun in hopes they will connect with us again in future ministry opportunities.