Hayden churches come together to host first community-wide fall festival

This Saturday, Oct. 30, nine churches will come together to host the first Hayden community-wide fall festival at the Hayden ball park.

The community-wide event is an idea that stemmed from Jason Durant, student pastor at First Baptist Hayden (FBCH), a few months ago as an effort to bring the congregations of Hayden together as one group with one mission.

“At FBCH, we ask ourselves if the community would notice if our church was not around anymore,” says Durant. “In other words, what are we doing outside the walls of our church to serve the community?

“Every year the churches across the community host their own fall festival. This year, I asked the surrounding churches if they would be interested in hosting a community-wide fall festival as one group serving one purpose, ‘to love and serve our community,’” says Durant. “The response was amazing and now nine churches have come together to host this event, 20+ sponsors graciously contributed, and it is all free to the community. We are very excited and are looking forward to holding this event annually.”

The event will take up all three ball fields behind the high school football field and will be separated by age appropriate activities, all to ensure a fun safe Halloween alternative for the entire family.

WHAT: Hayden Fall Festival

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Hayden Ball Park (behind Hayden football field), 340 Bent Tree Drive.

WHAT: Attractions include inflatables, free food, games and prizes, costume contests, big screen SEC football, hay rides, scrambler, glow volleyball, face painting, and much more.

LIVE MUSIC from Azaleas Ridge, Shamrock in the Kudzu, and After the Rain.

HOSTS: First Baptist of Hayden, CrossRoads Baptist, Hayden United Methodist, SmokeRise United Methodist, The Beacon, Freedom Ministries, Elvester Baptist, and New Beginnings.