By Sharon Mager
INDIAN HEAD, Md.—Potomac Heights Baptist Church (PHBC) will have their annual “Awesome Autumn” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Associate Pastor of Administration Bryan Arnett says about 1,000 people are expected, and church members are gearing up to be very intentional this year.
Families attend in costume for food, fun and games. This year, the church will use the “3 Circle Conversation Guide,” offered by the North American Mission Board (NAMB), which focuses on God’s design, our brokenness, and the Gospel of Jesus.
In the front of the church, they’ll have children’s carnival games and prizes, and inflatables, all with a creation theme and with Scripture quotes posted about. To enter the building, folks will work their way through a string maze, representing brokenness, sin, and dead-ends. Volunteers will welcome visitors into the church building and share information about ministries including AWANA and Vacation Bible School. Church leaders will be available to share about the church and pray with people.
Arnett said the church has been hosting “Awesome Autumn” for nearly 20 years. “It’s a big deal” and a great opportunity, he said.
To follow up, members will offer free Chick Fil-a meal cards as a reward for registering and filling out brief survey cards.
“It gives another opportunity to talk to people,” Arnett said. Church leaders will also intentionally move through the crowd, being welcoming, engaging people in conversation, and sharing the love of Jesus.
Each attendee will receive an invitation to Sunday morning worship services.