Lisa and Clinton wanted our community to have church at Duncan Park this past Sunday evening to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They were married in that same park two years ago. They promised some bbq if we all brought sides. And we brought some sides!
Duncan Park sits between Fifth and Sixth Streets inbetween Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Broadway. Suffice it to say, not too many people from the county come play in Duncan Park. But it's a beautiful park. A nice playground, open ground, an activities center, off street parking, even an old iron gate at the corner.
We set up our lawnchairs, laid out the food, and set to business. It wasn't long before some of the neighborhood kids showed up, and it wasn't long before Gwynnie and Jake were playing like crazy. Those two are really great at making friends. I wasn't like that at all when I was a kid! Tracy brought a craft for the kids and three beautiful cakes decorated with white icing and real purple and yellow pansies.
We all ate cake and drank tea. I got to feed a little two year old girl name Mira (LaMira) who wouldn't say a word to me. Every time I asked if she wanted another bite, she shook her head "no" and opened her mouth yes. Near the end of the slice of cake I finally got a smile. Her mother and grandmother came over and had some bbq and cake as well.
Meanwhile, somebody brought a cornhole game (never heard of it until we moved to Kentucky--hate that name) and that was going great guns. Frisbee over on one half of the lawn and a soccer game on the other half. Lots of laughing and yelling and eating.
Yeah, it was church. It was really, really church.
We thought it was church so much we've decided to do it the first Sunday of every month through September. One of the advantages of being in a small faith community is that you don't have to move heaven and earth to serve God. You just show up at the park with some food, and watch Him move before your eyes.