HillSpring Church understands that the children are our future and they’ve been hosting fun events to remind their youth group of this.
On Wednesday, September 9, the church held a “HillSpring Homecoming” for their high school seniors, complete with a parade and games.
“This was our first big service (of the new school year),” said HillSpring Executive Assistant Cassie Barnett. “We still did small groups, mostly (over the summer), but this was a service with a band, and kids finally got to see their friends.”
It was like a homecoming for the youth group to finally see their fellow youth group members, but the seniors were the main focus.
With COVID-19 canceling events since mid-March, some high school athletic programs are hosting “Senior Night” much earlier in the season than in the past. Actually, it’s week three of the football season and some schools have already got senior night and homecoming out of the way, just in case.
Several area high schools have shut down, forcing online classes and some schools started the year with distance learning.
“We had a parade with seniors. They got to find some cool cars to ride in, and they lined up and kids threw candy and made signs. The church was decorated like a pep rally and we did pep rally stuff,” Cassie Barnett said.
HillSpring Associate Pastor, Matt Barnett, said the event was an attempt to bring normalcy to a very abnormal time.
A few weeks before the HillSpring Homecoming, the church had a back-to-school bash, literally.
For the last four or five years, HillSpring Church has thrown a back-to-school bash where kids can take out their frustrations on out-of-date produce, smashing them with hammers like fruit-demolishing comedian, Gallagher.
“We get produce donated from local businesses like Aldi and Cox Cash Saver and the kids smash it to let out some frustrations, but the problem is that the food is expired and the kids always want to eat it after smashing it,” Matt Barnett said, laughing. “These crazy kids want to get back to school and they get to let out some of their frustrations.”
Matt Barnett said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of things have been cancelled or kids have been quarantined, and the church knows how important these milestones are for the seniors.
“The seniors look forward to this every year,” he said.
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