QUINCY -- The Rev. Kyle Frink hopes Saturday's Community Funfest is the first of many.
"This will be an opportunity to reach out to those around us, and hopefully build some relationships," said Frink, who is associate pastor at Union United Methodist Church, 1101 State.
The inaugural Funfest, which is free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature bounce houses, face painting, a petting zoo, radio-controlled car demonstrations, music, hot dogs, popcorn, snowcones and more.
Included in the lineup of events will be an antique car that must be cranked to start. "Crank" donations will go to Camp Callahan.
"We have been walking around the neighborhood, asking people how we can better partner with our neighbors," Frink said.
One of the most common responses, he said, involved having the church offer more activities geared to youngsters.
"We're doing the Funfest as a way to try and better connect with one another," he said. "We want to try and help build a better sense of community."
Frink said one of the things church members have discovered is that many of those in the neighborhoods surrounding Union United Methodist do not know one another. He hopes an event such as Saturday's can be a common denominator when it comes to growing those kind of relationships.
Frink also said the church will be undertaking a new kind of Sunday night service called "Experience Heartbeat," a concept that will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 19.
"It will be different from the traditional type of church service," he said.
Questions about the Funfest or "Experience Heartbeat" can be directed to 217-223-6062.