MOORESVILLE – West United Methodist Church Pastor Andrea Smith said she’s sad to know that many people think of church as “a stuffy group of people who spend more time judging others than they do trying to make a difference in the world.”
Smith is trying to change that perception – and the church’s Block Party this weekend is part of that ongoing effort.
Mooresville Citizen: What was the inspiration behind holding the Block Party?
Andrea Smith: West United Methodist Church is eight years old as a faith movement (some people call it a church; we prefer to think of it as a movement) in Mooresville. Traditionally on our ‘birthday’ we've celebrated by doing something ‘in’ the community rather than sitting around in the ‘walls’ of the church. Ghostface has been an amazing partner of West. In 2018 they co-hosted the Color Dash 5K fundraiser for the Back to School Bash, and weekly at Ghostface, West hosts Crafted Conversations, a relaxed setting where people of all walks of life explore faith topics. It just seemed to make sense to celebrate the opportunity we've been given to share God's love with one of our key partners.
MC: You held this event last year. What, if anything, will be different from last year?
AS: We are offering some vouchers for free yoga at Gotta Yoga Studio in Mooresville and a free round of golf at Mooresville Golf Course.
MC: What is the purpose of the event? How do you hope it will serve the church and/or community?
AS: One of the core values of West is that we ‘follow the Jesus model.’ Jesus spent his time ‘out’ in the community, with the people, meeting them where they were. West believes that is what we are called to do as well. And we believe that Jesus would have been hanging out, talking to the people at Ghostface! The downtown Mooresville area is a vibrant community, and we look forward to offering fun experiences like inflatables, free food, free beverages, all in the spirit of love.
Sadly, for many people the idea of ‘church’ is a stuffy group of people who spend more time judging others than they do trying to make a difference in the world. West is anything BUT that! We exist to offer the message of Christ's love in real, relevant and non-threatening ways as we seek to be agents of change in our community and world. Things like the block party at a local brewery allow us that opportunity.
MC: What sorts of activities will the day include?
AS: A voucher for a free beverage and food; NFL football games shown outside on big screen TVs; a live classic rock cover band; inflatables for kids; face painting; hair paint; free cotton candy, sno-cones and popcorn; and prizes/drawings on the half hour.
MC: How did the partnership with Ghostface Brewing form?
AS: West was looking to begin a worship experience called ‘Crafted Conversations,’ and we felt like Ghostface was the perfect place. Crafted Conversations is a time when people join together to explore questions about faith, to talk about life, its ups and downs and where does faith fit in. No topic is off limits and all questions are welcome.
Mike and Suzy Cuddy have been amazing to work with, are so philanthropic and are always using what God has blessed them with to pay it forward to the community!
MC: Is there anything else people should know about the event? Is it free to attend?
AS: It is free! Bring friends and expect a relaxed atmosphere and a great time.