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Organization provides Trunk or Treat fun

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Five years ago, a tradition was born.

A handful of county churches got together to provide a safe environment for children and their families during the Halloween season.

And on Thursday, Oct. 27, the tradition will continue.

Trunk or Treat was born five years ago, through the efforts of First Christian Church Children's Director Corinna Stewart and Christ Community Church representative Cheryl Rissler.

"This is something we wanted to bring to the community," Stewart told The Times.

This year, the event is scheduled to take place from 6-8 p.m., at the Forest Park Pavilion.

Five churches -- through the Sharing The Real Effect That Christ Has (S.T.R.E.T.C.H.) organization -- are involved, including First Christian Church, Christ Community Church, McKinley Hill Church, The Family Worship Center, and Berea Christian Church.

Stewart said S.T.R.E.T.C.H. was the brainchild of the former children's minister at First Christian Church. The goal is to conduct outreach events for the community.

"The goal of S.T.R.E.T.C.H. is to offer a safe environment for the children to come and have fun and learn about Jesus," Stewart said. "We feel that Trunk or Treat provides that. The families, hopefully, feel safe."

During Trunk or Treat, vehicles are set up in the pavilion. Each vehicle offers a message and children receive a treat at each stop.

Stewart said approximately 15 vehicles will be set up this year.

"Children and their families travel around (the pavilion) visiting the vehicles, which are decorated, and share a short message from the Bible."

In addition to the vehicles, Hope Reins, a local Christian-based horse ranch located in Brazil, will offer interactive activities, and Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) will also take part.

"We will also have some prayer ministries that will be involved," Stewart said.

Stewart added popcorn and lemonade would be available for all who attend.

"We call it a safe, Halloween alternative for the entire family," Stewart said.

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