Monday, July 14, 2008

Block Party - Parts 3-8

Believe it or not, we have now done 8 block parties!!!! Now you all know why I haven't updated my blog lately! Here is a brief breakdown of the parties:

Party # 3 - Navy housing community - It was a great night of ministry to the navy families. There were TONS of kids at the party and they loved getting to play and enjoy treats. I think I have always been aware of the sacrifice that military families make for our country but this night made it much more personal. To meet the families who are the ones left behind while their husbands and fathers serve overseas was very emotional. I can't imagine dealing with all that they deal with on a daily basis.

Party # 4 - Park in the downtown Arlington area. This is the area where the school is that we meet in but it is also an area where we haven't really any connections. It was a great night! We met lots of new families and lots of fun!

Party #5 & #6 - We did these parties on the same in our neighborhood and one in Jason & Becky's neighborhood. Both went really well and allowed us to meet even more new neighbors. We also got to reconnect with neighbors we hadn't seen in a while.

Party # 7 - This one was in a "park" in a neighborhood not too far from ours. I say "park" because that is what it is technically but it is pretty much just a field at the entrance to some houses. This party started off slow but after some of the teams walked through the neighborhoods inviting people it really picked up. We ended up probably having close to 100 people by the end of the night and...once again...met lots of new families!

Party #8 - Sports Camp Celebration Night - We ended the week of sports camp with a family night celebration. We estimate that we had about 300 people there that night! In addition to our usual block party elements (bounce house, super slide, obstacle course, cotton candy, popcorn & snow cones) we also served hot dogs, baked beans & chips. It was a great way to end a wonderful week of sports camp!

Here are a few pictures from various parties throughout the week!