Edgett's Wesleyan Church offers new community activities

LEROY — Edgett's Wesleyan Church of LeRoy is offering several new programs with the goal of bringing the community in the LeRoy and Luther area together and foster a sense of togetherness.

These programs mark the beginning of a new-found spirit of outreach and fun on the part of the rural congregation.

"When you're in a small community, you need to reach out in a variety of area," explained Dan Miller, pastor of Edgett's Church. "In a larger community, if you don't organize a certain activity, another nearby church will. Around here people's options are more limited."

Among the new outreach programs is the church's monthly Neighborhood Cafe breakfasts. These are free meals hosted to bring people together and strengthen the community which take place at 8:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month.

"It's a place where people can come to meet, have a cup of coffee and eat some breakfast with their neighbors," said organizer Barb Fitzgerald. "We want to let people in the community get together to meet and get a chance to get to know one another.

The church also will be organizing a mom-to-mom sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. For $10, parents can purchase a table in the Edgett's Church hall and sell any items they think other families in the area might find useful.

"It's a get-together where moms can sell used clothes, toys or other items in good condition to other interested parents," explained Stacy Bergman, who is organizing the event. "I'm a young mom, I had participated in similar sales in other communities and I thought since this is an area without a lot of money, a sale like this would be a great fit and a nice opportunity for local moms."

The church's final upcoming winter program are the new Open Gym Nights the congregation is hosting for local kids. The Open Gym Nights are open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday and are planned to continue for the foreseeable future. There is no charge to take part and a meal is included. A variety of games and sports are offered in the church gymnasium.

"All kids are welcome, from toddlers to high school students," said Bergman. "There's foosball, gagaball, basketball, and sometimes we'll have other activities like hockey, nerf wars and other games. It was, my husband, E.J.'s idea. He thought it could be a fun way to bring youth to the church and maybe introduce them to the Lord."

Although the church leaders hope this leads more people to the pews, Miller said there is nothing wrong with showing up at their new outreach programs to just meet their neighbors or have some fun.

"These activities are not high-pressure preaching-the-Gospel events," explained Miller. "We want to focus more on fostering love and care in the community. If anyone wants to pray with us, we won't turn them down though."