NEWTON TWP. — Parents cheered as children putted golf balls through a barn, over a well and around a castle at the Red Barn Village’s miniature golf course, kicking off Children’s Friendship Day for the Alliance Kid’s Club of Country Alliance Church.
Eighteen children from ages 3 to 14 participated in the event on July 11 where they had fun playing outside on a bright, sunny evening while meeting both old and new friends.
“I think it’s a lot of fun,” said Dalton resident Judy Walter, whose son, Timothy, played with 5-year-old David Ezdiebski and the Lorenzo family, including Faye, 6, her sister Sophia, 9, and their cousin Blessed Lorenzo, 11, all visiting from Northborough, Massachusetts. “The kids are enjoying themselves. It gives them a chance to reacquaint with old friends and make new friends.”
Beltzy Lorenzo, mother of Faye, Sophia and Seannah, is a sister-in-law of both Pastor Rob Lopez of Country Alliance Church and his wife, Shalom, who coordinated the event.
“It’s really good for the kids,” Lorenzo said about the event.
Children’s Friendship Day continued with everyone going across the street to the church for food and fellowship. Then, the children went into the sanctuary for a puppet show where Pastor Lopez told them the story of the Good Samaritan. He also explained the concept of Friendship Day is to make friends like we have in Jesus. Shalom Lopez led the children in song while some of them played instruments provided by the church.
The children then returned to the church’s dining room for cake in celebration of both John Lopez’s (son of Pastor Rob and Shalom) fifth birthday, which was on July 9, and everyone else’s spiritual birthday.
“I enjoyed the games,” John said about Children’s Friendship Day.
Shalom, who is also a Sunday school teacher at the church, came up with the concept of Children’s Friendship Day and plans for it to be an annual event. In the future, she plans for Country Alliance Church to have workshops which will teach creative arts, craft making, singing, dancing, miming and puppetry.
“We’re happy because on the first day, we had almost 20 kids,” she said. “We have fun, food, fellowship and friends.”
Enjoying the day’s activities are, from left, first row, David Ezdiebski, 5, of Dalton; Faye Lorenzo, 6, of Northborough, Massachusetts; and Timothy Walker, 4, of Dalton. Second row, Blessed Lorenzo, 11, and her cousin Sophia Lorenzo, 9, both of Northborough, Massachusetts.