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First Christian Church in Vandalia hosts annual Harvest Party

Posted on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 9:37 am

By Barry Dalton

The First Christian Church, 205 W. Park St., held its annual Harvest Party on Sunday, Oct. 25, across from the church. 

“We’re just opening up for the community. Trying to meet people, and do something nice for the kids and for families” said Mike Edmonson, youth minister. “Plus our kids really love it and our parents enjoy it too.”

The event had pony rides, free family photos, a closed trailer hayride, a POET corn wagon, games, a small bouncy house, hot chocolate, an open fire weenie roast and of course candy for the kids.

“It’s not as big this year with all the COVID going around,” said parrishner Mark Martwick, who has been with the church for 19 years. “We had to cut some activities out but there’s still a lot of folks here.”

The event has been held every year, the church’s version of trick or treating, for about 10 years.

“We want people to be invited to our church and learn more about us,” added Senior Minister and Preacher Jamie Franke, who has pastored the church for nearly a decade. “So it’s just a fun event really, very low key.”




Weenie Roast: On a cool fall day, Layla Breden and Valerie Franke roast hotdogs over an open fire. Photo by Barry Dalton


Pony Rides: Sara Evans and Deana Burnette gave pony rides to children at the First Christian Church Harvest Party. Pictured are Amere Eoff, daughter of Coletta Eoff, owner of The Shop hair salon, and Sara Evans. Photo by Barry Dalton


Nine Square: Nine square game is a party game that begins with the player in the center square serving. The object is to get the ball out of your square, like volleyball, without catching it, and get it into someone else’s square or you’re out. Photo by Barry Dalton