Here at St. John, we have made it a priority to take action. We have embraced the opportunity to love our neighboring communities, especially the North St. Louis community of College Hill, where we have been working for over a decade.
Most recently we have been doing some incredible work by partnering with the staff at Bryan Hill Elementary School, a St. Louis public school in College Hill. This partnership, as it started out, has become so much more now. It has truly become a friendship and with a shared vision to impact the community in powerful ways and share God’s love with people in everything we do.
Last weekend, we held our quarterly Family Forward event on location at Bryan Hill Elementary. We called it the Family Forward Fun Day and it was a great success with 250 people in attendance. 182 from the College Hill neighborhood and 68 people from St. John enjoyed a black light performance from our puppet team who you may know as Illumination Ministry, a wacky game show, balloon artists, along with face painting, cake walks, snow cones and more.
But, the most incredible part of the day was seeing two communities come together with no agenda other than engaging and interacting with one another through a great, fun event. It was a special afternoon and I just want to say that I love this church because you are unwilling to just sit back and hope for unity, you are determined to lean in and make unity a reality. You are such a big part of the success of events like these when you participate in them and when you give back financially to God in this place as we continue to pursue people and mobilize the Next Generation of World Changers.