This past Monday, we celebrated Labor Day by enjoying our annual church picnic. This is an event that most of the church looks forward to participating is. We had perfect weather, a record attendance and enough food that would make any true Baptist proud.
But is there more to a picnic than just food and games? Well, I believe that the benefits of an even like this go way beyond the day it is held… Consider with me the benefits of a church gathering like this.
#1) Fellowship – Many times, we are so busy ministering to others and trying to maintain the balance of schedules and family, that we forget to spend time and get to know each other. There is nothing like the camaraderie that these types of events bring about. We got chance to meet new people and talk to people who many times we see just passing in and out of the church doors. There are times when a common experience will become a bond of a new friendship. After a day like that, many came away with a new appreciation for their church family.
#2) Fun – let’s face it… we just had a lot of fun… between the good spirit of the people and the opportunity to just enjoy each others company… laughter erupted from one area of the picnic area to the other.
#3) Fulfillment – So it was a wonderful day… and the best part of all is that one man trusted Christ as his Savior. We started this church back in 2005 with my wife and daughters, and I wondered what the future would look like for this ministry…. I have to say, that we as a church are diverse in who we are as people, yet experiencing a unity in purpose that I thank the Lord for.
When all was said and done… We were all exhausted, yet content.
Thank you to all who planned and participated and prayed for the day.