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Local churches unite for a fun day

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

Children enjoyed games and food at Zion Baptist Church on June 22.

Children enjoyed games and food at Zion Baptist Church on June 22.

In years past churches from around Westmoreland County have held their own community fun days to open the summer season. But four churches decided to break that tradition last Saturday attracting many from far and wide.

Packed with games, attractions, entrees and desserts, the community fun day held at Zion Baptist Church in Tucker Hill on June 22 was something left on the minds of many. This event 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,’ and as such believed the same message as many of his peers to collaborate for the community fun day.

“I hope that this will be just a start and will continue not only this day and for fun 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 even pushed in the dunk-tank from behind by his good friend Pastor Caroll Wilson, of Community of Life Ministries. Another minister who 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, voted by the public earlier this year.

“Every where 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.”