Community Church of Guthrie is located at 512 E. Seward Road in Guthrie and has been there for 21 years. Their style of worship fits a wide variety of Christians, and they welcome others as part of a growing and diverse Christian community.
“We believe we’re still growing and becoming. In the past few years, we feel we have gained clarity: Love God and Love Others. Loving others includes care, not just if you’re able to get here and have a good time, but the people who can’t get here as well. We are a very eclectic group of people. God’s heart is what I think we’ve found,” said Senior Pastor Bill Williams.
Caring for others comes in many forms at Community Church, whether it be Sunday worship services, student programs, or programs such as Mother’s Day Out. But probably one of their most exciting events this year will be an event for the entire community: Family Fest.
“Family Fest is about bringing the community together. It’s an outreach to the community through a partnership with other churches and businesses,” explained Associate Pastor Tyler Rudek. “Our goal is for everyone to have fun and find a church home; it doesn’t have to be our church. We want to be here for the community.”
Children’s Festival, an event they hosted from 2005 to 2012 as well as their more recent Freedom Fest which was held around July 4th and included a professional firework show at the end, laid the framework for this event. The whole goal is to foster “community.”
“We want to be a catalyst for building community in The Community,” explained Williams. “We remembered how successful those festivals were in bringing people together.”
The first annual Family Fest will be held Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 am till Dark and will include events for everyone. Several churches and businesses will band together to create a safe and fun environment for families. There will be no shortage of fun things to do with carnival games, inflatables, story tents, free health screenings, free haircuts for kids, Touch a Truck, live music, and even a mechanical bull. Free snow cones and hot dogs will be served from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm, and, in the evening, people will be able to enjoy a variety of food trucks, The Byron Berline Band at 7:30 pm and a professional firework show at the end. Everything except the food trucks is free. Stuff The Bus will be at the festival, while it is not mandatory, it is encouraged that people bring school items for kids in need. So bring a lawn chair or blanket and join the fun!
Businesses are also invited to share their information and provide a fun activity for families. If you would like your business to be involved, you can go to https://communitychurch.tv/festival/businesses and sign up or email Festival@CommunityChurch.tv
Directional Leader, Erin Keller, added, “I’m most excited about seeing the community come together. It’s also wonderful, seeing different churches (little “c”) coming together as the big “C,” the Church.
Williams stated, “Henry Ford said, ‘Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success’. I think working together isn’t just business; it’s about being a citizen, it’s about our town, our kids, our culture and our future generations. We’re just a piece of it.”
For more information on Family Fest visit their website at www.communitychurch.tv/festival.