Madison Church of God hosted a Labor Day Picnic on the church grounds on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 771 NE Colin Kelly Highway with an estimated 500 people in attendance.
At the Labor Day Picnic, there was free food, beverages, cotton candy, sno-cones and other treats. Activities for the family included a petting zoo, horse rides, horse-and-buggy rides, kiddie train rides, two bounce houses, a huge inflatable slide, numerous carnival games and a dunk tank. Everything was free except the dunk tank, where the proceeds will go towards missions. They raised $183 for missions and are still raising money for a missionary in Columbia to purchase a car. Children also had a chance to meet local firefighters, see a fire engine up close and meet members of the K-9 Unit.
In addition to the food, fun and games, the Labor Day Picnic is part of the church’s outreach to the community and there was a prayer booth on the grounds. Those visitors with something on their hearts and minds, or those who just wanted to spend a little quiet time with God were able to stop by the booth and find someone to pray with.
Pastor Jason Justus of Madison Church of God would like to thank E.M.S. Director Juan Botino for helping get the Shands Hospital Life Flight helicopter and ambulances out there, the Madison Fire Rescue for bringing the fire trucks out, Madison County Sheriff’s Office for the K-9 dog show and Harvest Fellowship Church for bringing the horses for rides.