ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The First Baptist Church, in South Zanesville, held its annual Back-to-School Block Party.
The block party gave away free backpacks as well as other school supplies. Reverend David Nuhfer said one of his favorite parts of the event is that it is open to the public.
“I think what is really unique is the sense that the small church just comes together in such a big way,” said Nuhfer. “It offers something to the entire neighborhood and actually invites anybody, who wants to come, to be part of it. We want to have games for the kids, good food, and anything that will simply make it a good day for everyone.”
There were several, free to play, games. Kids could play the games, win tickets that were then used for raffled off prizes such as toys and school supplies. Nuhfer said events, such as this one, brings the community closer together.
“I think the community needs to know that churches just aren’t a religious entity that sits within the community,” said Nuhfer. “We want to be a part of the larger community. We want to make it a better place to live and offer something that allows people to know they have hope and love in a world that sometimes can really be mean.
Nuhfer said First Baptist Church will have this event again next year and welcome all who want to attend.