UNION — The first Hope-Fest community day drew more than 600 people and organizers are hoping to build on its success and hold more Hope-Fests in the future in cooperation with other events put on by other local churches and organizations.
Hope-Fest was held last Saturday in the parking lot of the old Walmart and provided those in attendance with a variety of family fun including live music, skits, games, bounce houses, and free food, soft drinks, and shaved ice.
“It went really well,” Rev. Buddy Hogan, pastor of Hope Church and one of the organizers of the event said. “They tell me they counted just over 600 people. That’s really good for a first time.”
When he announced the event in June, Hogan said the goal of Hope-Fest was not only to provide an afternoon of family-friendly fun for the community, but also to bring people together and bring the churches of the community together. He said the hope is that the churches can come together and use their “combined blessings” to address the spiritual needs of the community.
Hogan said Thursday that a meeting will be held Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at Hope Church to continue to work toward achieving the spiritual goal of Hope-Fest.
“What we want to do is for the churches, leaders, and pastors to meet once a month for what will be Kingdom Stewards meetings,” Hogan said. “The goal of the meetings will be for the churches to come together and pool our resources to help each other get our message out.”
To help further this cooperation between the churches, Hogan said he hopes to see Hope-Fest “be an annual festival. We want it to be the hub and linked to other events in the backyards of other churches.”
The likelihood that Hope-Fest will become an annual event increased with the success of the first one which Hogan said has generated interest in its continuing.
“I’ve been getting calls from folks interested in the next one,” Hogan said.
Hogan said that while any and all future Hope-Fests will, of course, be about providing family-friendly fun, its ultimate goal will be to continue bringing the churches together to spread the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
“This will be good because it will get the churches together to use it as a resource together spread the good news of the Gospel,” Hogan said.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.