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Connecting Point Church hosts Back to School Bash

SPLISH-SPLASH: A local youth plays slip-and-slide kickball during Saturday’s Back to School Bash across the street from Connecting Point Church in Frankfort.

By Jennifer Davis - news@ftimes.com

Frankfort families and community organizations gathered at a back to school bash Saturday afternoon at Connecting Point Church to enjoy the first weekend in the sun since school resumed earlier in the week.

“We fed nearly 200 people today who came out to have fun, check out the vehicles and play slip-and-slide kickball,” said Senior Pastor Alan Downing. “I cannot thank all the community partners enough that came together to volunteer their time. What you see today is how unity can be put back into the community. Connecting Point is thankful that the local businesses have partnered with us on several of our last events.”

The slip-and-slide kickball activity was organized by Frankfort community members belonging to local Facebook volunteer group, Frankfort’s Unified Neighborhoods (F.U.N). Over 40 kids of all ages took part in kicking a soft kickball and running on base paths made of plastic covered with baby oil and water, all the while trying to make it safely to base – an inflatable pool filled with water. Members of the Frankfort Fire Department were on hand to not only provide water for the base paths and bases, but to spray water overhead to keep participants cool.

Local community organizations also volunteered time Saturday for a cookout and touch-a-vehicle event. Tables of refreshments were available to guests during the event while they took turns looking at each of the community vehicles on display. Community participants included Jared Blacker of Clinton County Sheriff’s Department with his vehicle and drone equipment, a Frankfort Police Department cruiser, FFD with two vehicles, Bailey Trucking, Eric Cupp with Clinton County EMS and his ambulance, Jerrys Body shop with a wrecker, Kyle Bruton with Good Times Professional Audio provided music through the event, Eric Dircks provided drone aerial photography, Jennifer Davis with Art Girl Davis Photography photographed the events, and Ben Pfeffer brought his historic ambulance as well as a limousine.

“I am always excited to get involved in projects and activities that provide family friendly activities,” said Ben Pfeffer, who owns the city block parcel across from Connection Point Church. “The area is just a great space for these events. I, along with the City, went through the process in January 2019 to test the site, and we were happy to receive the environmental reports showing the site is perfect for anything from a botanical garden to a police station.”

Connecting Point Church will host a Fall Harvest celebration on Oct. 5 and F.U.N. group will host its second-annual Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree at the Clinton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 26.

Both events will be open to all community members.