Cotton Candy, Sno-Kones, Face Painting, a Petting Zoo, Horseback rides, Bouncy Castles, Hot Dogs, and prizes. Put ‘em all together with sunshine and you’ve painted a picture of a perfect Saturday at North Pointe’s Annual Family Carnival.
We’ve been holding Fall and Winter Carnivals for ten years.
11 Reasons Why We Host Carnivals at North Pointe
1. We were first in to our community. In 2006 when we moved in, our nearest neighbors were deer, rabbits and moose. Being first into a community is a privilege so we want to set the pace as a good neighbor. North Pointe a welcoming community Sunday to Saturday.
3. Over 150 volunteers have fun together making the event happen. Many of our volunteers are new to North Pointe and they’re from the community. Carnival is a great way to get their feet wet in serving at North Pointe.4. Carnivals are a way of giving back to our community. We don’t just want to own turf. We worked hard at developing a reputation as a community player.
5. Carnivals are a great way to show off our community service people. The fire department shows up with a firetruck and offer tours on the truck. What kid (of any age) doesn’t want to sit in the cab of a firetruck? The EPS and EMS have been onsite for tons of photo ops with kids.
Kids need to be reminded that police and firemen are our friends.
Don and Tim, in the photo, above were kids at North Pointe when we were a downtown church (Central Tabernacle). Now they serve our community as fire fighters.
6. Much of the Old Testament is centered around “feasts” or what we would call “carnivals.” People came together to celebrate the goodness, grace and love of God around food, family and activity.
7. Carnivals are an effective way for North Pointe families to serve their neighbors or classmates. “Come on out to our church this Saturday. We’re hosting an outdoor Carnival that your kids would love and its FREE.”
8. Carnivals offer a picture of what we look like. Our Winter Carnival is mostly indoors so the community can see what we look like on the inside. Our Fall Carnival is all outdoors so people can see our true colors of joy.
9. Many families attending North Pointe today, first came at the invitation of a friend to a Carnival. Weeks or months or even years later, they come on a campus to experience a Sunday gathering and they keep coming back.
10. Its rewarding seeing the smiles and hearing the comments of our guests, “This is such an amazing event. You guys really love our community. Thank you!”
11. Our Carnivals have a budget of over $15,000. We believe stewarding the giving of people at North Pointe into Carnivals is a great investment that brings good returns in so many ways.
APPLICATION: Did you volunteer? Did you attend for the first time? Did you bring a friend? Please leave a comment below and let us know what your experience was like. Thank you.
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