First Children's Festival in New Jersey Brings Families Together

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.