A crowd turned out at Fairview United Methodist Church Sept. 19 for the Festival of Fruits to support the Learning Tree pre-school program.
“We had inflatables and actually had vendors this year selling different kinds of crafts,” children’s minister Wil Davenport said. “We had balloon animals, face painting and little kids’ carnival game.”
Davenport said senior pastor Dr. Jerry Russell was thankful it was a rainy day because he got out of having to be in the dunking booth. “I was in it the year before, and I froze,” Davenport said with a laugh.
“The Learning Tree is a ministry of Fairview Church and, like everybody else, they’re feeling the economic pinch now,” said Davenport. “We don’t want to stay status quo - we want to grow. But that requires looking for revenue outside our budget. This is a great way to find something fun for families in the pre-school to do and a way to connect with the community. It enabled us to dream about ways we can grow.”
Davenport said the theme of Learning Tree pre-school is the fruit of the spirit. “They focus in on Galatians 5:22 and so they theme a lot of things, including this event, after that scripture,” he said.
The children’s minister praised Christy Wheeler, director of the Learning Tree preschool at Fairview United Methodist Church, for her work in planning the event.