Organizers envision event as free family fun
Colorful bounce houses, a 100-foot slip-and-slide, a kickball tournament and live music are among the activities children and their families may enjoy at a church festival July 20.
Refresh Reynoldsburg will take place from noon to 4 p.m. July 20 at Reynoldsburg Senior Center and Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive.
The Rev. Aaron DeLong said Refresh Reynoldsburg is a free family event.
"We want to be a blessing to the community and offer a day for the family to enjoy themselves and have fun, all for free," he said.
The festival will include face painting, caricature artists, balloon animals, free hot dogs and popcorn, along with food vendors selling summertime "fair food."
Kickball teams must be registered and can do so online at refreshreynoldsburg.com.
The event is sponsored by Simple Church, which opened in May at the Cotner Funeral Home chapel at 7369 E. Main St.
DeLong said the church motto is, "Love God. Love People. Serve the World. Simple."
"This event was birthed from our church motto," he said. "We only opened in May and are anxious to get out in the community and meet all the people."
He said Simple Church was launched out of C3 Church in Pickerington.
"As disciples of Christ, we are carriers of his DNA, sent to fill up every corner of our culture and community," he said. "We believe that one of the greatest methods of bringing new people to Christ is to launch new churches."
He said a movement to establish new churches has started across the state and beyond.
"From C3 Church alone last year and this year, we will have set in motion approximately 10 churches -- most inside Ohio and even more in the Columbus metro area," he said.
He said churches have been launched in Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, Brice, Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Westerville and Baltimore.
"Some have even launched in other countries, such as Kenya and Panama," he said.
He said all the churches vary based on the pastor's design and service format, but all share a message of "hope, love and acceptance."
DeLong said he is grateful to the Cotners for allowing the church to use their facility on Sundays.
"Our main sanctuary is a beautiful chapel there," he said. "Services are held every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We are an Assemblies of God church."
He said Simple Church hopes to make Refresh Reynoldsburg a yearly event.
"Hopefully, with the success of this year's event, we will be able to make it an annual event in which other churches in the area will be able to join us in making it even bigger and better for the community," he said.