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Event to feature faith, family, fun

Brown Chapel AME, located on Martin Luther King Street, is hosting its second annual Community Block Party Aug. 30 from noon to 4 p.m.--Sarah Robinson

Brown Chapel AME, located on Martin Luther King Street, is hosting its second annual Community Block Party Aug. 30 from noon to 4 p.m.–Sarah Robinson

The historical Brown Chapel AME Church is celebrating its faith, family and fun day, but it doesn’t want to do it alone.

The church is inviting the entire community to join its second annual Community Block Party Saturday, Aug. 30 from noon to 4 p.m.

The festive day will include a health fair, food, games, music and entertainment for all ages.

“Community is what the Gospel is all about,” said Brown Chapel pastor Leodis Strong. “Community is not just about singing a song, preaching a sermon or reading a text in The Bible. It’s about establishing relationships that Jesus came in this word to build and renew.”

Various youth and praise dancers from area churches, jumping bouncers, train rides, clowns, face art, music provided by a DJ and much more.

Attendees looking to satisfy their appetite can look to the free hot dogs, popcorn, watermelons, apples and snow cones to be available at the event.

Fish sandwiches will be available for purchase.

At no cost, health care providers will be present at the event, ready to administer vital testing, information and some medical services, such as blood pressure tests and vision screenings.

Strong said health fair will be a vital portion of the event for many who attend.

“It’s amazing that in a day and time such as this and the vast care all around us, there are still a number of people who don’t have access to health care for one reason or another,” Strong said. “They need a medical attention and services that can be provided to help to identify conditions. It will help them to be better stewards of their own situation.”

Strong named Callie Nelson, with the Dallas County Extension Office, and Congresswoman Terri Sewell as some of the sponsors for the Community Block Party.

The celebration continues the following day with a Sunday morning and evening church service.  Rev. James Jackson, the pastor of Greater St. Joseph in Autaugaville, will serve as the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service, and Dr. Jerry Light Sr., the pastor of First Baptist Church on Lauderdale Street will serve as a guest speaker for the 5 p.m. service.

For more information, call 874-7897.