August 14, 2008

Guilford Park Presbyterian Church Invites Community Neighbors to Party


In an effort to be a good neighbor to the Kirkwood neighborhood and surrounding communities, Guilford Park Presbyterian Church is holding its first neighborhood lawn party from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 . The free event includes live music, food and games.

"We want to be more than the people who park in front of their houses on Sunday," said project coordinator Ginny Inscore . "We want to be a part of the neighborhood."

Inscore said the church has joined with the surrounding community for several recent events and projects. For instance, the church held a community-wide blessing of the animals and a food drive to help Urban Ministry . Kirkwood was invited to help collect cans for the drive. The church also worked with the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association to stop commercialization of the area, and the church is planning to participate in a reading program this fall with Irving Park Elementary School .

"We hope to get volunteers from the neighborhood to help with that, too," Inscore said.

A Celtic band and bluegrass group, made up of members of the church, will perform live at the lawn party. Hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and ice cream will be served, and there will be games and activities for children, such as a Slip 'N Slide , water balloon toss, face painting and temporary tattoos.

Adults have not been left out of the fun, either. Games for the older crew include badminton, a bean-bag throwing game called corn hole and ladder golf , a game where participants compete at throwing a ball on a string over a ladder-type apparatus.

In the event of rain, the party will be moved into the fellowship hall.

"We invite anyone from the surrounding area to bring their lawn chair, relax a little, enjoy music and have fun," Inscore said. "We just want to get to know everyone better."

Contact Jennifer Atkins Brown at 574-5582 or [email protected]

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