WINFIELD, Ill.—Faith Baptist Church extended a warm welcome to church and community members during its annual Family Fall Festival. Approximately 600 individuals attended.

In the weeks leading up to the festival, church members banded together to ensure the event was a success. Donations of supplies, food, talents, interests, and time were a sign of the church’s commitment to reach out to the community in a tangible way. The junior high youth group prepped giveaway welcome packets that included candy, a fun toy for kids, and information on the church and its ministries. Adults and kids alike helped with decorations, manning booths and activities, and food preparation. It was truly an all-church effort.

In addition to the involvement of the church family, individuals from the community were invited to share their talents and hobbies as a way for the church to build connections. Faith Baptist desires to build relationships, friendships, and trust so they can have the opportunity to share the gospel. The involvement of the community served to greatly expand the scope of the festival and gave the event wider exposure.

Visitors attending the Family Fall Festival had a plethora of activities to enjoy. Carnival style games, such a Gone Fishin’, Scare the Crow, Hole in One, and Pumpkin Bowling, ensured that everyone was a winner. The jump house and pony rides were also favorites among the kids. Adults and children enjoyed watching a wood carver, navigating a human maze, learning at a Creation exhibit, conducting trains at an interactive model train display, and taking a ride on the tractor hay ride. The festival also included a classic car show featuring approximately 50 vintage cars. Awards were handed out to owners in a variety of categories.

Faith Baptist Church is looking forward to following up on the connections made and is already planning next year’s Family Fall Festival.