- Baptist Beacon
Praise in the Park – Community block party
by Stan Parker
LANSING, MI – Pastor Stan Parker and Faith Fellowship Baptist Church (FFBC) held their Annual Praise in the Park Block Party at the Walsh Park in Lansing on July 30, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 the event was not held the last two years.
Historically Praise in the Park Block Party is an anticipated event for the Potter Walsh community and this year the same was true. Faith Fellowship is thanking God for over 150 individuals attended this year. As usual there were a few VIP guests such as, Andy Schor, Mayor of Lansing, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and other Lansing dignitaries.
The event kicked off with a powerful prayer and hand clapping, toe tapping musical from Spoken Praise. Their lively singing set the tone for the rest of the event. Entertainment included contemporary Gospel singing and down-home quartet style singing. Each performer ministered a soulful praise to God, and an uplifting spiritual message to the community members. The community responded with full praise and worship. In addition to praise and worship there was family entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
The family entertainment consisted of games, giveaways, and a Community Family Resource Fair to provide the attendees with information regarding health and Wellness. Children played games such as Ducks in a Pond, outside bowling, and enjoyed a Bounce house. Adults and children participated in creative Christian designs for faces painting. The Grand prize giveaways for adults and children, are one of the highlights of this event. There were three bikes given away to children, and gift cards given to adults. This is always a blessing to the families who receive the prize.
This event indeed was a day of fun, fellowship and food. However, the highlight of the event was more than physical. The most important aspect of the Annual Block Party is when the attendees have an opportunity to surrender their life’s to Jesus Christ. Faith Fellowship is praising and thanking God for 32 confessions of Faith at this event.
The church will be conducting follow up with these individuals through the end of September. The goal of the follow up is to have at least 5 communication touches with all of those who decided to surrender to Jesus Christ as Savior.
Faith Fellowship Baptist Church is grateful to BSCM for their support, FFBC also is thankful for its members, the host of volunteers who came and supported this event. For more information about Faith Fellowship Baptist Church events please contact us at 517-853-9897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Stan Parker serves as senior pastor of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. He is on mission during his spare time, traveling domestically and internationally. He is the author of several publications, and serves as a regional director for the National African American Fellowship within the Southern Baptist Convention.