Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Church in the Park

On a frosty fall morning, members and friends of the Carrollton (Ga.) Church converged on Knox Park located in the heart of Carrollton, Ga. The goal was to bring church to the community. The Carrollton Church is located in the country, outside of town, and out of sight, out of mind. The church family, excited about what God had been doing in their small little church, decided that instead of gathering at the church, they would meet and worship at the park.

The Oct. 26 Church in the Park event had much participation from church members and friends. Chad, a former restaurant owner, willingly accepted the challenge of feeding 100 people. A praise and worship band, Let Your Light Shine, from the Peachtree City Church agreed to lead the music. William Bohannon, Carrollton Church member, volunteered to share his testimony about walking away from a secular music recording label and letting God lead him into Christian music. The local chapter of Adventist Christian Fellowship, on the campus of University of West Georgia, shared about their weekly Bible study and social gatherings. Loaves and Fishes, the Carrollton Church’s food bank, prepared bags of food for those who came. And the church’s young people joined in the program, sharing the scripture reading from John 3.

The smell of food cooking on the grill, the sound of music in the air, and the noises of happy children doing crafts drew people from the neighborhoods surrounding the park. The small church spent the afternoon worshipping and rejoicing with about 50 guests and visitors who also attended, many of them requesting more information about the church.

“This is one of the best Sabbaths I have ever had,” said Renee, one of the Carrollton youth.

The church plans to host another Church in the Park in the spring as the members live our their mission of “Loving All, Learning Together, Living in Service, Leading in Discipleship” to share Jesus with their community.

 Written by Nate Elias, pastor of the Carrollton Church

Photos by Tom Peterson and Gail Phillips