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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Carnival Time at Shiloh Baptist in Kingsport

"We consider it going beyond the walls of the church, and reaching out into the community."


With those words from Rev. Kenneth Calvert, the Shiloh Baptist Church in Kingsport held a carnival that attracted children and their parents from all over Riverview and the South Central Kingsport neighborhood.

"If this can enrich the life of a young child by interacting with other members, hopefully it will give them a foothold to becoming a Christian," says Rev. Calvert.

There was bingo, a motorized train, free blood pressure checks, a jungle gym and slide, face-painting, balloons, bubble-making, and a horseshoe-throwing contest. The Kingsport Fire Department also sent over an engine that the kids climbed all over, ringing the bell and trying on firefighting breathing apparatus.

Children and their parents were also treated to ice cones, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and slaw.

"This is just a good community affair for us," says Rev. Calvert. "We believe that we should have a joyous time when it comes to serving the Lord, not just from a praise service point of view, but every aspect of life."

It's the third year for the carnival, held beside the church in its parking lot on East Sevier Avenue.