The "B'More Healthy Expo" on Feb. 10 saw approximately 30,000 attendees.
The festivities included free food, inflatables, and games.
The Blythedale church in Perryville, Md., recently hosted a community block party in an effort to get to know neighbors who may not otherwise choose to visit the church. The event was held on July 9 and featured free food such as watermelon, hot dogs, and tacos, as well as attractions for kids, including an inflatable moonbounce and obstacle course.
Church members invited local residents to attend the block party through social media and flyers they distributed to neighbors and local businesses. Members also promoted the event at the congregation’s community services center and on regional community announcement boards. In total, the church estimates that there were approximately 50 visitors who participated in the festivities.
The church says it held the block party as a seed-sowing event to build positive connections with people in the community. In addition to the free food and attractions, members also distributed sharing literature and informed guests about some of the services the church offers.
“We’re just trying to do stuff to get noticed,” said Ken Coleman, Blythedale church pastor. He added that the church is planning several additional community and outreach events in the coming months.