It’s 6 p.m. Sunday. Church night. But members of First Baptist, Winnfield, are not in their air-conditioned sanctuary listening to their pastor. Instead, they are out in near-100 degree weather at the
Earl K. Long Park entertaining local children. The church had promoted this as a “Block Party,” inviting youngsters and their families to enjoy an afternoon of fun, featuring snow cones, hot dogs, games, face-painting and a magic show. “This is the latest in the outreach ministry of First Baptist,” explained one member. “We strive to do something outside of the walls of our church once a month to benefit the community. That might be door-to-door visitations, helping folks with their yard work or something fun like this.”
From the appearance of the FBC congregation, as they work and move through the park, they enjoy providing a little fun for the neighborhood children. Even the pastor may find some magic in this interaction with the community as he conducts a magic show for the youngsters under the EKL pavilion.