Local church picnic gives back to the community

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – One local church is lending a hand with a family-friendly event Sunday evening.

Kids were playing, the music was going, and many people were having fun at the Chicopee First Congregational community picnic Sunday.

Sunday was the first time the church held the picnic.

The church provided games, food, entertainment and much more for everyone who attended. They even offered school supplies for those who need it.

The Church also holds Breaking Bread with the community, which is an event held the third Sunday of every month. The event includes a small ministry service that starts at 5:00 p.m., and a free meal after the service.

The church’s pastor told 22News, why the congregation gives back to their own community.

“It’s really important because the need is so great, we can’t rely on the government just to provide,” Pastor Gary Grimes explained. “We’re called to serve others and it’s important that we do that and serve the community that we’re a part of.”

Pastor Grimes told 22News, the events started off very small but have grown as the months go on. The church also runs a pantry which provides food and dried goods to people who need it.

The church hopes the Breaking Bread event can be every week. Their next one will be on October 20.

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