Prosperity Presbyterian Church's fall festival this weekend will involve cake walks, hayrides, candy, games and a monk.
For the second year, the church is combining its Friday evening fall festival with an observance of Reformation Day.
On Oct. 31, 1517, church reformer Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses, a treatise against clerical abuses, on the door of a church in Germany.
His actions are said to have sparked the Protestant Reformation, which established Protestantism as a branch of Christianity.
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"We live in the Protestant heritage because people were bold enough to stand up and say, 'This needs to be reformed,'" said the Rev. Berry Stubbs, senior pastor of Prosperity Presbyterian. "It's hugely significant for where we are today."
Last year, a church puppet show during its fall festival told the story of Martin Luther. This year, Stubbs said, he will play a monk in a skit about Luther.
"It's a fun time for families and children to come together and thank the Lord for the things that he's given us," said Cheryl Carrington, co-organizer of the festival.
Last year, the festival was the church's biggest outreach, said Amber Dove, also a co-organizer of the festival. She said about 75 children and family members attended.
"We didn't even have 75 members," Dove said. "We're a small church, so the whole church pretty much pitched in."
Carrington said several families who attended the festival last year are now members.
Church members donated homemade cakes for the cake walk, and the church will have more cakes to win this year. Some volunteered at the festival; others donated candy as prizes for the games.
Children are encouraged to wear costumes, and each will receive a bag with information about the church and Reformation Day when they enter the gym. They can use the bag to hold the candy they'll win at the games, Dove said.
This year the church is offering hot dogs and snacks, as well as face painting and crafts.
The games will be stopped several times during the festival for the Reformation Day skit and cake walks.
Stubbs said the festival is a good time for people to have fun and for the church to re-educate people about what the day means in church history.
All are welcome at the festival, which is free, 6-8 p.m. Friday at Prosperity Presbyterian, 5533 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte. For details visit www.prosperitychurch.org.