Kerrington Sweeney

Local church welcomes community at annual “Block Party”

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Members of the Amherstburg Community Church family plus the community at large were welcomed to the Alma St. facility last Friday evening.

Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) held its “Block Party” where hundreds from the church and the surrounding community stopped in to enjoy the festivities. There were carnival games, music, inflatables, food and over $1,000 in prizes thanks to businesses from around the community, stated children’s pastor Kerrington Sweeney.

The evening was capped with fireworks.

Hannah Rampersaud plays one of the carnival games at the “Block Party” held at Amherstburg Community Church.

“This is our third annual Block Party,” said Sweeney. “We’re expecting over 500 guests.”

Sweeney said one of the objectives in holding the event is to celebrate the town and those who live here.

“We just want to bless the community,” she said.

Sweeney said it also serves as Amherstburg Community Church’s launch for its children and youth programs. She said the free programs include “Sidewalk Kids,” which is for children from pre-kindergarten to Grade 5. That program runs Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

Navaeh Sims and Summer Thomas have fun during a game at the “Block Party” at Amherstburg Community Church.

The “Jr. High” program is for youth in Grades 6-8 and that runs Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.

The programs teach lessons involving such things as life values and friendship, Sweeney added, with games, crafts and snacks also provided.

ACC is located at 125 Alma St. For more information on the church and its programming, visit www.acchurch.ca, e-mail acclove316@gmail.com or call 519-736-5644.

Amherstburg Community Church brings Christmas cheer to Richmond Terrace

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local church took time to spread a little Christmas cheer to a local seniors facility.

A youth group from Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) took a hayride from the Alma St. church to Richmond Terrace Long Term Care Home and sang Christmas carols to a group of residents gathered in a dining area. Kerrington Sweeney, a youth pastor with ACC, said it was the second year that the group went over to Richmond Terrace and sang. She hopes there will be many more years.

A youth group from Amherstburg Community Church sang Christmas carols for seniors at Richmond Terrace Long-Term Care Home.

“We used to do this when I was a kid in youth ministry,” Sweeney explained, recalling growing up in Essex and singing at Iler Lodge. “It’s a way to give back to the residents. They are so excited to see the kids sing. It’s a great time. We get to bring them on a hayride too.”

Sweeney added that they hope to involve other seniors’ residences in Amherstburg and spread more Christmas spirit.

“We’d like to go to other places as well if anyone is interested,” she said.

A youth group from Amherstburg Community Church arrives at Richmond Terrace Long Term Care Home via a hayride.

The youth group that travelled from the church to Richmond Terrace is known as the “Sidewalk Kids” and there were about 43 of them, as well as parents and guardians, that took part.

“It’s always fun to bring joy to people,” added Rev. John Bustard.

For more information, visit www.acchurch.ca or call 519-736-5644. People can also e-mail acclove316@gmail.com.

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St.

Amherstburg Community Church hosts “Block Party”

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local church opened its grounds to the community and children’s games and entertainment was on the agenda.

Kerrington Sweeney, one of the youth pastors at Amherstburg Community Church along with Kyle Oates, explained that their recent “Block Party” was an enjoyable evening geared towards putting the word out about their programs.

Emma Smith shows Mariah Farah her newly painted face at the Sept. 12 “Block Party” at Amherstburg Community Church.

“This is our fifth annual ‘Block Party’ for Amherstburg Community Church,” Sweeney explained. “It’s a family fun night with a carnival-type feel to advertise our programs.”

The youth programs that were highlighted were the “Kids Club,” which are Tuesday evenings for pre-kindergarten students to Grade 5 and the Wednesday night “Junior High” program which is geared for students in Grades 6-8.

Sweeney said 67 students signed up last year thanks to the “Block Party.”

“It’s grown a lot,” she said.

Cali Cacilhas plays one of the games at last week’s “Block Party” at Amherstburg Community Church on Alma St.

The organizers expected a crowd of about 500 people at last Tuesday night’s event, which included a barbecue and face painting as well as the entertainment and games. Sweeney added that the “Block Party” also has seen the church grow as well.

“Last year, we had five new families join because of our “Block Party,” which is exciting,” she said.

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St. Their phone number is 519-736-5644 and their website is www.acchurch.ca.

Amherstburg Community Church holds “block party” for community

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg Community Church (ACC) opened its doors to the community last week to let the community see some of what they do.

The Alma St. church held a “block party” recently with the evening featuring games, hot dogs, face painting, inflatables and fireworks. It was the brainchild of one of the church’s youth pastors.

“We invited the whole community,” said Pastor Kerrington Sweeney. “It is to bless the community and advertise our fall kids programs.”

Pastor Kerrington Sweeney has a chalk outline done of her by Alexis Thistle at a recent block party at Amherstburg Community Church on Alma St.

Pastor Kerrington Sweeney has a chalk outline done of her by Alexis Thistle at a recent block party at Amherstburg Community Church on Alma St.

There were giveaways throughout the evening as well with some of the other programs the ACC offers promoted. Sweeney, who was joined by fellow youth pastor Kyle Oates in running the block party, said they are looking to get their names out into the community and want to showcase the programming they offer.

Two of the programs aimed at youth are the kids club, which meet Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. and a junior high school program which is held Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m.

Sweeney joined the ACC in June and said she is pleased to be part of the Amherstburg community.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “I think it’s going to be great.”

Amherstburg Community Church is located at 125 Alma St. For more information, call 519-736-5644, e-mail acclove316@gmail.com or visit www.acchurch.ca.