Urban Life hosted our 5th block party today in our neighborhood of Wesley Heights- and it was a smash hit!
We welcomed countless neighbors, mentees from our outreach partner Ashley Park Elementary/Middle School, and volunteers from Elevation Church and The Movement Foundation to come together and enjoy community at our fall festival.
We’ve been planning and preparing all month to bless our neighbors with a comfortable and welcoming environment for the festival. This week, the Urban Life apartments at The Summit House were abounding with fall themed decor ready to be used at the festival!
We made decorations, booked vendors, organized crafts and games, and devised a prize system all in the weeks leading up to today.Then we were blessed with some very talented volunteers who helped bring all our ideas into reality!
We had pumpkin donuts, kettle corn, a Green’s Hot Dog cart, cotton candy, and apple cider to sustain our neighbors as they went around the festival playing games and earning tickets to redeem at the prize table.
We even made a photo booth for families to have the opportunity to take family photos and be silly with props and costume pieces.
Watching kids run from game to game, take turns jumping in the bounce house, creating beautifully painted pumpkins and redeeming their tickets for prizes today was awesome. It was also great to be able to spend some time with the familiar faces from our neighborhood that we have established relationships with already! Isaiah came and played the hanging donut game with his friends from Ashley Park who asked as they were leaving when the next block party would be.
Looking out over the field today, as I saw games being played, heard laughter ringing loudly, smelled whafts of hot dogs and sugary cotton candy,and felt crisp fall air and warm sun shining down over all of us, I could so palpably feel Christ’s love for this community and His presence in these streets. It is such a blessing to get to do this work, and getting to spend time with our neighbors today exemplified exactly what we are all about here at Urban Life – creating relationships and loving spending time together!