By Belinda M. Paschal
PIQUA — Most people think of the mall as a place to shop and eat, but on Aug. 15 and 16, it also will be a place where they can worship and listen to songs of praise.
On those two days, the Piqua Association of Churches will sponsor its annual church fair, with more than 20 area churches participating, said Paul Green, president of the association and chairman of the church fair committee.
“The church fair has a three-tiered purpose. One is to let the community know what churches are out there and what they have to offer,” said Green, an elder and lay minister at Piqua United Penecostal Church. “
Two, it forms a connection between each denomination of church and gives us the opportunity to socialize with those of the same body, but different faiths. Three, there is no proselytizing, but it’s a good tool to witness to people how God has changed our lives.”
The free event will feature various booths to introduce the community to the churches, as well as crafts, basketball and putt-putt games, and activities geared toward youth. There also will be a musical program that each church will take part in.
“We want to introduce the churches to the people so they get an opportunity to meet people from the different churches. There will even be one booth giving out samples of food,” Green said. “We’ll also have other Christian organizations will be participating in the fair including Hospice of Miami County.”
The church fair dates back to 1971, and has only missed one year — in 2011, when instead, a 9/11 memorial program was held, Green said.
The fair’s hours will coincide with those of the mall, which are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
For more information, contact Green at (937) 267-1619.
Belinda M. Paschal can be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.