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Church reaches out with Springfest

May 11, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - The people of New Life Christian Ministries are opening their doors and their hearts to the community Saturday with a host of activities they are calling Springfest.

"We want people to come and meet us," said Sherie Adams, one of the organizers of the event. "The goal is to show people that we are just like them."

The event was scheduled for May 15 before anyone at the church realized it coincided with National Pike Days activities in Clear Spring and throughout Washington County. Adams said she hopes the scheduling will entice more people to stop by the church and see what's going on there.

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Starting at 11 a.m., there will be fun and inspirational activities for all ages on the church's grounds at 12624 Trinity Church Drive. Free food and entertainment will be available through 3 p.m.

The Clear Spring fire and ambulance companies will be on hand, as will representatives of the Washington County Fire Safety House. Maryland State Police officers will check child safety seats, fingerprint children and put on a K-9 demonstration at noon.

Parish nurses Debbie Shank and Denise Skidmore will check blood pressure and provide other health and medical information. That will include videos on such topics as marriage and child-rearing, which will be shown inside the church sanctuary.

The Springfest organizers also are having a car and truck show, face painting, hayrides, a petting zoo, dunking booth, games and crafts.

Adams said she came up with the idea for Springfest to open up the church's clothing bank as an outreach to the community.

"I took my idea to the board members and the pastor and everyone got excited," she said.

Adams said everything will be free at Springfest, including a clothing giveaway.

The clothing bank was started about a year ago and has become quite busy, Adams said. It is open for pick-ups and drop-offs on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at others times by arrangement.

"It's my little corner of the church," said Shank, a New Life member who supervises the clothing bank activities.

The church welcomes anyone wanting to live a Christian life, Adams said. Services began in 1985 in the Keedysville area and were moved to a larger location on Artizan Street in Williamsport in 1989.

Since 1998, the church has been at its current site just east of Clear Spring and boasts an active membership of about 230. Services are led by Pastors Ken Harris, Gilbert Thurston and Rick Heines, who works with the youth.

For more information, call 301-733-0307.

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