The 4th Annual Fall Blast will kick of on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym building located on the grounds at the Wyebrook Missionary Baptist Church, at 62 New Road, Elverson, Pa. My family has the privilege, along with many others, to be a part of the activities this year and we will be looking for you. The Blast is for the community and was designed as both an alternative to Halloween and a time to thank God for the year's harvest. It's a safe place where children through 6th grade can come for an evening of fun. Parents can entertain their children for the whole evening, as well as provide sugar-laden food and candy, at no cost.

This year will be an exciting year that you will not want to miss. You will easily be able to recognize our trained children's workers by their safety hats. Some of the many events or stations that will be waiting for you will be, basketball, go fish, a moon bounce, froggy fly, a dunk tank, ring toss, face painting, milk can toss, balloon pop, clown throw, ring the duck, and a hay ride. There will also be three jars (small, medium and large) full of candy for which children will make guesses as to the amount of pieces contained therein, and the one with the closest guess will take the jar home

Brand new this year will be our Speed Ball Station. This event will measure your pitching speed. Speeds are measured using an official size and weight, regulation softball. The pitch speed will be measured in distances of 40, 43, or 46 ft., and a digital reader will record the speed of your pitch, up to 120 mph.

Aside from the aforementioned activities, there will be a food court with hot dogs, cider, and funnel cakes, all of which are free of charge. Candy will be present throughout the night, ready for the taking, at various points around the grounds. The candy at the Fall Blast can serve as an alternative to trick-or-treating, and when the children get candy here, their parents know that it is not coming from total strangers.

Throughout the night each activity that a child participates in will earn them tickets to redeem prizes such as exotic candy, T-shirts, pencils, pens, cars, trucks, children's jewelry, and other assorted items. In the middle of the evening, from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Pastor Arden Steiner will show everyone the need for caution as we learn about the danger ahead. While the event is open to everyone, it tends to cater to children from kindergarten through sixth grade, but there will also be childcare for nursery aged children and older children may attend if they are accompanying a younger sibling.

The event has grown tremendously since its beginning four years ago. In the first year, the Blast merely involved 10 children watching a movie and enjoying popcorn and hot chocolate. With the 2nd year, the event expanded to include many of the activities mentioned above, and around 100 children attended. During the 3rd year, there were between 150 and 175 boys and girls, along with Moms, Dads and some grandparents. We saw around 190 visitors enjoying themselves.

Wyebrook is hoping to see another spike in the number of children who attend this year. The church bus will run to bring children to the event. The bus will travel along the basic Awana route, picking up children half an hour earlier than the normal time. For more information on this event please feel free to e-mail me at, TheGeeseys@MapMinistry.org Or you can contact Pastor Perry Stewart, the senior Pastor at Wyebrook, in the church office at 610-942-3447 or visit the Web site at www.Wyebrook.org. Hope to see you there.

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