KENT FALL KICKOFF RECAP
Since the day Jay Haugh set foot onto the Kentridge High School Performing Arts Center stage as our Campus Pastor two years ago, he has blessed us with His God-given gift of preaching the Word. Jay has another gift that quickly becomes evident to those he meets. With one introduction, he will almost always remember people’s names! By word and by example, he has demonstrated to our church family how to warmly welcome guests in gracious, effective ways and not be “creepy”! Jay has been very intentional about helping us understand that people need Jesus and “long to be in community,” and he has encouraged our church body to boldly reach out to friends, neighbors and family members with an invitation to come to church. The invitational, discipleship culture we have been praying for and striving to create is coming to fruition!
For our Fall Kickoff Sunday on September 4, we saw awesome results! Many first time guests who had been invited came! We were ready to welcome them with a winsome and fun party for their first experience at church! Who wouldn’t have fun when there are inflatables for big and little kids, a petting zoo that included a wallaby, the cutest miniature potbellied pig whose tail was wagging the entire time, and soft bunnies for kids to hold on their laps? God was gracious and supplied great weather so that we could enjoy our BBQ’d lunch outside, too.
God did not design us to keep joy to ourselves. He intends for our joys to be shared. I want to share that it has been pure joy for me to see God answers our earnest prayers for a strong Fall Kickoff that reached out to our community on the Kent hill! “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1) I am excited to see what God will do as we continue to connect people to people and people to God.