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A very intent Luke Powers stacks the apples in the Creation Room during last year's fall
fellowship at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Originally published: 2012-10-29 11:42:56
Last modified: 2012-10-29 11:42:56

No Tricks, all Treats at 'God's Big Story' fall fellowship

by Sherrie Norris

For the past 15 years, Mount Vernon Baptist Church of Boone has taken the alternative approach to Halloween by opening its doors to families in the community for a unique Oct. 31 celebration. 

The event has grown with each passing year and is considered by many to be the area's largest event of its kind.

Approximately 800 guests are expected once again for the annual biblically-based fall festival on Halloween evening, where from 5:30 to 8, those in attendance will not only be fed physically with a full meal, but spiritually, as well.

This year's theme, "God's Big Story," brings to life a message that is often overlooked in the typical Halloween scheme of things.

For several months, a core group of church staff members and volunteers have been devoting their time, talent and energy to forming the plan; it will be carried out on Wednesday with more than 100 volunteers involved in making this outreach a successful venture for all involved.

According to Cindy Retherford, director of childhood education at Mount Vernon, the event will provide interactive opportunities for youngsters to walk and talk with individuals portraying characters from the Bible, such as Abraham, David and Jesus.

"We always seek to provide a safe family environment where families can relax and enjoy their time together," Retherford said.

In addition to the food, (Texas Chili Pies, hot dogs, Hispanic tacos, popcorn, caramel apples and sodas), several air walks -- and more than 30 games -- will be available for a fun-filled evening. 

"Portions of the Bible will be reflected throughout the games," Retherford said, beginning in the "Creation Room" with Apple Stacking and Shoot the Apple, all the way to the life of Jesus, with Worm Fishing and Knuckle-bones."

Past fall fellowships at the church have included "Heroes Unmasked," "Wild West Fun Fest" and "Light the Night."  

At the end of the evening, each child will leave with a bag of candy and prizes. 

God's Big Story Fall Fellowship will begin with guest registration and the meal in the gymnasium, with information and directions provided for the festival, which will extend into other areas of the church (ground floor) and outside playground.

Children are invited to dress in appropriate costumes, Retherford said, requesting "Nothing scary, please."

Mount Vernon Baptist Church is located at 3505 Bamboo Road in Boone.

For more information, call the church office at (828) 266-9700, visit or follow on Facebook.