The Salvation Army in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is bringing the church to the street.
On Sept. 15 the church will host an afternoon of fun and fellowship for all ages.
Captains Brent and Melissa Haas, along with the Salvation Army’s community and youth director Jenny Seaward are the trio behind Rock the Block on Broomfield Street.
“When people think of church they think of a building and having to go somewhere, so we wanted to bring our church to the community,” Brent said. “The Salvation Army, at the heart of all that we do and who we are, is about being there for our community.”
Rock the Block brings the community together, he said, to celebrate the people and the love they share towards each other.
The event is free and is open to the entire community.
From face painting to a petting farm; from popcorn to pony rides, it’s sure to be a fun afternoon, Jenny said.
There will be different carnival games, basketball shoot, table with checkers and tic-tac-toe, dunk tank featuring some community icons and hot dogs and hamburgers to enjoy.
Melissa said the goal of Rock the Block is to let people in the community know the Salvation Army is there for them – in good times and in bad.
“We want to make it a day where a child, youth or senior can come out and enjoy the day. They can have fun and have a chat with people. It’s all about shining our community spirit,” Melissa said.
In a video on their Facebook page (The Salvation Army Happy Valley-Goose Bay) Brent, Melissa and Jenny wear red T-shirts with the slogan “I love My Community” in bold letters across the front. Volunteers at the community block party will wear similar shirts, Brent said.
“This is event number one, and we are looking at other events this fall where we can spread love and joy and all good things to people outside of our walls all throughout Labrador,” Brent said.
Rock the Block on Broomfield Street takes place from 1-5 pm on Sept. 15. If the weather doesn’t cooperate it will be postponed until Sept. 22 at the same time.
For more information on Rock the Block call the Salvation Army at 1-709-896-2756.