Indiana Church Hosts Parking Lot Parties

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Every Wednesday night in July the parking lot of Hammond (Ind.) Christian Reformed Church jumped with activity.

Three years ago the church switched from offering traditional vacation Bible school to parking lot parties, a move that Rev. John Kostelyk said has been positive. “It’s a great first step for families to get to know people in the church in a nonthreatening way,” he said. One family has since joined the church, and others are regular visitors as a result of the parties.

Each week’s party follows a different theme, with a Bible lesson or skit presenting the gospel after the activities. Activities have included an inflatable moonwalk, pop-bottle rockets, water games, and a petting zoo.

About the Author

Ruth Moblard DeYoung, a former Banner news correspondent and teacher, writes children's books. She is a member of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Ill.