The Stettler Home Church brought life to the quiet village of Botha, as it hosted a block party for the residents and surrounding communities on Wednesday, July 19.
With bouncy castle and barbecue, the kids had a great time playing, which according to Shawn Acheson, the pastor of Stettler Home Church is one of the primary reasons these block parties are always a success.
“Home Church has been doing community block parties for several years,” Acheson said. “Up until this year, they have always been in Stettler, and usually we’ve just had one every summer.”
This spring, when Acheson took a drive through many of the nearby communities, it made him consider, “All these people happily drive into Stettler as part of their regular life of shopping, work and entertainment, but who ever comes to them?”
That’s what sparked the idea.
“Block parties are meant to gather the community together with jump houses, games and free hotdogs, popcorn and snow cones,” Acheson added. “It’s always a lot of fun to put on a party, and our whole church has gotten behind this. It’s a lot more than just setting up somewhere though. We need to get permissions and have to make arrangements for food purchases and involve lots of volunteers who can serve and haul the gear.”
There were more than 40 people, with over 20 kids.
The next block party that Stettler Home Church hosted was in Erskine, last evening.
Stettler Home Church will also be hosting two events in Stettler and one in Bashaw in August.
For more details about block parties, please visit: facebook.com/MyHomeChurchStettler/