The St. Stephen Church Decision Counselor's Ministry spoke with kids and attendees about the "A-B-C's" of salvation and joining the church at the Hallelujah Fall Festival hosted by the Children's Shine Ministry on Friday, October 29th. "We're not here to lock up anyone, but to help set you free," Decision Counselor Director Min. Angela Lee Price told the children ages 11 and under.
Approximately 400 children and adults attended the three-hour event that included games, contests, and a deejay. Shine Ministry Director Denise Scrivner gathered the children and gave a 15-minute lesson on the differences between the Hallelujah Fall Festival and Halloween. "We want to educate the children about the history of Halloween as a pagan holiday. We do not celebrate Halloween and have asked that children not wear scary costumes," stated Scrivner. Festival goers were treated to hot dogs, and popcorn, and each child received a bag of candy at the end of the festival. Decision Counselors, dressed as sheriffs in teal Saddle Ridge Ranch t-shirts, cowboy hats, handkerchiefs, and sheriff's badges, and gave away ten "Rounding Up Questions...Driving Home Answers Saddle Ridge Ranch" children's t-Shirts and a gift basket in separate drawings. Children who stopped by the sheriff's station also received stickers with words "Admit," "Believe," and "Confess" to help them remember what to do to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The festival was held on the Southern Indiana campus on Saturday afternoon as well.