JONESVILLE — The new Sanctuary Church of Jonesville will host a Community Day of Giving at Lila Swaim Park this Saturday.
Pastor Robert Fritchey, who holds 6 p.m. services every other Sunday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center beside the park, said congregations from other area churches will be joining in the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. event.
Among the activities scheduled are a free pizza lunch at 12:15 p.m.; a gospel concert at 12:45 p.m.; events, games and bounce houses for children; and prize giveaway drawings throughout the day. Among the businesses which donated gift cards for the drawings are Wal-Mart in Elkin, Cracker Barrel in Jonesville, Fairfield Inn in Elkin and Comfort Inn in Jonesville.
Other congregations helping with the event include Sanctuary Church in Mount Airy, which started the Sanctuary Church in Jonesville, New Life Tabernacle in Kernersville, Heavenview Pentecostal Church in Winston-Salem, The Pentecostals of Denton and Soul’s Harbor of Mayodan. The Temple of Pentecost of Raleigh is helping to sponsor the event financially.
The choir director and choir from New Life Tabernacle in Kernersville will be joined by choir members from the other churches in the concert.
Several years ago, Fritchey said the pastor of the Temple of Pentecost was traveling through Enfield, a rural town in Halifax County, when he felt God leading him to do a community blessing event there. “It was an extremely depressed town,” he said. “There really wasn’t a lot going on. People were moving away. It was sad.”
As a result, Fritchey said the United Pentecostal Church of North Carolina started holding blessing events in 10 towns per year. “We did one last year in King,” he said.
The Halifax event was similar to the one planned for Jonesville in that there was free food, inflatables and puppet shows for the children and prize giveaway drawings.
“I was blessed to be able to participate in that event,” Fritchey said. “It was a tremendous success, and we were able to be a blessing to that community.”
As part of the Community Day of Giving, Fritchey said event organizers plan to honor some of Jonesville’s town officials and members of the Jonesville Police Department and Arlington Fire Department. “As of right now, I know some of the officers from the police department are going to be there,” he said. “I’m still waiting to hear from the fire department.”
Fritchey said he has spoken with Jonesville Town Manager Scott Buffkin about the event “and he’s on board with it.” Organizers hope to see a turnout of between 400 and 500 people, he said. Other events have brought in as many as 800 people in the communities where they were held.
“I just want everybody to come out,” Fritchey said. “The forecast calls for great weather, and we’ll have a great time. Our main thing is we want to be a blessing to the different communities. Some of them are smaller and don’t get a lot of things like this.”
The event is expected to conclude at around 3 p.m.
Sanctuary Church began holding services at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center every other Sunday beginning on the first Sunday of this month. “We had been meeting in a living room in Elkin,” he said, “but we’ve kind of outgrown that.” Attendance has grown from eight the first Sunday to about 17.
Sanctuary Church will hold 6 p.m. services there this month on Sunday and Oct. 25. Anyone with any questions can call Fritchey at 336-749-6425.