The welcome mat provides the invitation to step up and take part in the annual Kid Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Mosaic Church, 4101 S. Lincoln St., where everything is free.
“This is a really cool event,” said T.J. Harris, Mosaic pastor. “We have games, food and attractions that include inflatables, and everything is free because it is the way our church wants to bless Englewood and give back to the community.”
The event began six years ago. Harris said the 30 or so members of the congregation nervously agreed to put on the event that attracted a couple hundred people.
“The event has grown every year,” he said. “Last year we estimate about 1,000 people attended the event. This year should be bigger and better. The police are blocking off the 4100 block of South Lincoln Street. We’ll have fire trucks on display as well as a display by the Englewood Youth Sports Association.”
He said the church gets a lot of support to put on the event. He said there is a small army of volunteers to help staff the activities, and a number of companies have stepped up and donated items for the event.
“Our goal at Mosaic Church is to create a safe environment and put on a fun event as our way to bless and give back to our community,” Harris said.
Cynthia Smith said her two children are looking forward to the event.
“I moved to Sheridan last year and a neighbor invited me to the Kid Fest,” she said. “I almost didn’t go because it was being put on by a church. But I finally gave in to the kids and we had a great time. It is such a wonderful event. I think it is wonderful that a church would put on this free event that is open to anyone. Bless them.”