PIQUA — The Piqua Association of Churches’ annual Church Fair is headed back to the Miami Valley Centre Mall.
“It seems to be the perfect location,” Paul Green, president of the Piqua Area Association of Churches, said. “We will be having our booths and our music program again this year.”
On Friday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 19, local churches will be running booths advertising their churches along with programs and worship times of their churches from open until close at the mall, 987 E. Ash St. Hours will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
“The church fair is an event that we promote the different area churches,” Green said. “They come in, they sit at a booth, they set up their displays at the tables, and as people come in the mall and they walk down the hall, they see a church they want to talk to. (This) gives them the opportunity to talk to the people of that church.”
This also gives people the opportunity to ask the churches questions, such as the different beliefs of the different denominations. Churches also get the chance to meet up among themselves.
“Also, it enables the churches themselves to be able to commune with one another,” Green said. “A lot of times, they don’t have an opportunity for different denominations to come and commune together. The church fair gives that opportunity.”
Families are also welcome to take part in the little crafts and activities that the different booths may provide kids attending the church fair.
“We try to have games. Popcorn has been given. Crafts have been given … something that could entertain the families,” Green said. “I know the Salvation Army, they allow us to use their putt-putt golf during the time.”
The churches will also be providing musical entertainment with different performances in the cafeteria.
“In the past years, we’ve had bands, we’ve had soloists, we’ve had instrumentals, we’ve had dancers … we’ve even had a mime at one time,” Green said. “It’s an opportunity for all the different churches to bring in their musical talent.”
Overall, Green hopes the annual church fair will connect people to churches as well as maybe open some minds about their opinions of churches.
“It’s a good promotional event to open churches and community to get to know each other more,” Green said. “A lot of times you find out that the community, they think that churches are all closed minded or … just to themselves. This church fair shows that that’s not true.”
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