Spot­light De­liv­er­ance takes its min­istry to the street

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL BOR­OUGH - For sev­eral hours on Satur­day, the 400 block of Cedar Street was closed off to WUDI­fiF WR DOORw IRU GRzHnV of kids to use the road­way for races, bas­ket­ball, Hu­la­Hoop­ing and face paint­ing. The oc­ca­sion was Spot­light De­liv­er­ance Tem­ple’s fourth an­nual Com­mu­nity Day.

Dur­ing breaks, the kids chomped on free hot dogs and chips, and sipped pink lemon­ade. Adults set up ta­bles for com­mu­nity groups and put out chairs for el­der con­gre­gants con­tent to sit in the shade to watch the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“This is our time to come out­side the church and make our pres­ence known, and to give our neigh­bors the chance to see us, said Tanya Ham­let, who grew up on Wood Street and is now a res­i­dent of Croy­don. “This is our way of giv­ing back to our com­mu­nity.

The Spot­light De­liv­er­ance Tem­ple is a small brown­stone church at the cor­ner of Cedar and Wal­nut streets. Its ser­vices at­tract a con­gre­ga­tion from Bucks County and from New Jersey and, along with its wor­ship ser­vices, its mis­sion state­ment is to pro­mote the love of Christ and pro­vide so­cial ser­vices, in­clud­ing feed­ing the poor, pro­vid­ing cloth­ing and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to have com­pas­sion and putting “love in ac­tion.”

Kelly Stew­ard, a res­i­dent of Willing­boro, N.J., brought her two chil­dren, Maxwell, 5, and Na­dia, 2, to join in the fun.

“I grew up in the church and I bring my chil­dren now be­cause I think it helps keep them on the straight path. And the com­mu­nity day is their time to have fun,” Stew­ard said.

Sev­eral ta­bles fea­tur­ing goods for sale or com­mu­nity ser­vices lined Cedar Street. Col­or­ful head­bands and ear­rings were snapped up by vis­i­tors. Stew­ard sat at on ta­ble paint­ing chil­dren’s faces while other lit­tle vis­i­tors swayed to the beat of mu­sic and the mo­tion of Hula Hoops.

The event started at 9 a.m. and went on full swing un­til sun­set. But the church is spon­sor­ing other sum­mer­re­lated pro­grams for the kids. Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School will be held July 8-12. And a sum­mer camp will run from June 24 to Aug. 30 for kids from ages 3-12.

The cost of the camp is $30 per child ($15 ex­tra for each ad­di­tional child) and break­fast and lunch are pro­vided at no ex­tra cost. Day trips and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties are cov­ered by the regis­tra­tion cost.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 215-785-4845.

Mem­bers and friends of Spot­light De­liv­er­ance Tem­ple at Com­mu­nity Day.

One-year-old Lon­don Wash­ing­ton of Willing­boro, N.J., cools down with some wa­ter ice.

John Tucker of Tren­ton en­joys the day out with his cousins, Alexis and Jayla Hill of Willing­boro, N.J.

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