First Children’s Festival in New Jersey Brings Families Together
To celebrate Children’s Ministries Emphasis Month, the New Jersey Conference Children’s Ministries department prepared a children’s festival for families at the Tranquil Valley Retreat Center in Andover.
Story by Cristina Macena/ Photos by Jorge Pillco
The admission for this event was an item of nonperishable food or a clean toy that the youth department later delivered to low-income families at Christmas as part of the Compassion Christmas initiative. Because of the attendees’ donations, about 20 families received a Compassion Christmas box.
The festival started with a show of DoDad Lab where the kids learned about science and God. Families then had the option to choose among 30 different activities, including crafts, games, a dunking tank, a photo booth, hay rides and bouncing balls. Children also met and took photographs with Bible characters, such as David, Moses, Solomon, Esther and Moses’ mother.
Feature photo: Esther, played by Luisa Macena, a member of the Robbinsville church, and Moses’ mother, played by Jessica Branda, a member of the Wayne church, flank a group of members and visitors from the Phillipsburg church.