Growing and Changing the Community Each Year
This year’s Fall Festival featured great weather and lots of new faces! Fall Festival is UBC’s largest annual community outreach event, and this year served over 1,700 people from our Clear Lake community. Those attending the festival enjoyed inflatables, face painting, carnival games and hayrides in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere on UBC’s campus.
It is no small feat to plan an event for all ages and of this magnitude. The inflatables, for instance, are booked a year in advance. Fall Festival planning meetings begin in the summer (after VBS), and the time dedicated to the festival only increases until it’s held on the last day of October.
As the community grows, so does the attendance—and UBCers are getting in on the action! Fall Festival happens because of our many, many volunteers each year. A huge thank you to the 350 people who volunteered their time and effort. And, kudos to the Texas Baptist Men and our own Food Services who cooked 540 hot dogs, 400 barbecue sandwiches and served our volunteers and guests!
My wife and I love volunteering during the Fall Festival,” said UBC member Warren Harold. “We are always amazed to see the turnout from the community. This past year, in particular, we heard from so many people how grateful they were to UBC and all the volunteers for hosting this event and providing a safe place to bring their children.”
Fall Festival is a great opportunity to invite our neighbors and have them feel familiar with our campus and comfortable at UBC. Afterwards, an invitation is extended to our guests to join us on Sundays and for our special Christmas services like Glory to the King, A Service of Lessons & Carols, and our family-friendly and candlelight Christmas Eve (and Day) services.
One mother attending the festival wrote to UBC:
“…my son and I are so thankful for the fall festival your church hosted. My son is only 18 months old and doesn’t really care about costumes and I don’t encourage candy consumption. So the festival you hosted was perfect! There was so much to do for every age. I think the church did a great job and I just wanted to say thank you! I will bring my son to a Sunday service soon now.”
If you would like to learn about how you can be a part of this fun and effective community outreach event, please contact Terri Greer, Associate Pastor of Preschool Ministries.