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Wiles Park in Fort Plain hosts a church block party.


Block party delivers fun, fellowship, food

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Updated: 10:34 AM


C-S-E News Staff

FORT PLAIN — Wholesome family fun, food, music, games, hayrides, inspirational messages, prayer and praise were in abundance over the weekend as area residents gathered at Wiles Park for the 2012 Church Block Party. The purpose of the gathering, according to one participant, was “to worship, to reach out to others with the love of God, and to have a good time with each other as Christians.”

While the fourth annual event drew a smaller crowd than he had hoped, organizer Donnie Semple, the pastor of the Victorious Life Church in Fort Plain, said he was pleased with the response of those who did attend — especially since the event was held at the rather remote village park and not at the church’s South Street location this year.

He said, “We wanted to bring it up here to get more churches involved.”

Members of at least a dozen congregations were present for the celebration, which was in the works since planning started in January.

In addition to Victorious Life, churches represented included Seekers Fellowship and Bethesda Fellowship of St. Johnsville, the Valley Alliance Church of Nelliston, the River Jubilee Church of Sprakers, Tri-Une Healing Ministries of Utica, the Bethany Bible Training Center of Salisbury, a puppet ministry from the East Nassau Life in Christ Church, and Faith, Hope and Love Christian Fellowship of Canajoharie.

Fort Plain resident Vicky Rath, a member of the River Jubilee Church, praised the organizers for their efforts and said she thought the event should be held at the park again next year.

“Next year you’ll know what to add and take away,” she said.

On his way to a soaking at the dunking booth, Semple credited the many businesses and organizations that contributed to the event, including Kyle’s Bounce House, Adirondack Beverage of Scotia, Isaiah 6 of Rochester, and others.

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