City Church Harvest Party: It's almost time!

Here's a quick outline of everything you need to know... WHO: You and anyone you want to invite. The Harvest Party is a fun, relaxed event--perfect for bringing along friends and family who are new to City Church or haven't had a chance to visit yet.

WHAT: An evening of hoedown, harvesty fun, fellowship, and food. Seriously, lots of food. More on that later...

WHEN: Saturday, October 26th. The party officially starts at 4pm, but folks are welcome to start getting there as early as noon to hang out, look around the property, and help set up.

WHERE: Smithfield, the Rumrill family's farm, located about 45 minutes outside of Richmond. Email Valerie Catrow ( for directions.

Now for some specifics...

FOOD: City Church will provide a smoked pig and a giant pot of Brunswick Stew. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. It's especially helpful if you can label any dishes that might contain potential allergens (dairy, wheat, etc.), but we will have volunteers to help with that.

Jeremiah Eldridge is brewing an original City Church Harvest Party Special Bitter (as well as a brown ale) for those old enough to imbibe. Water, lemonade, and sweet tea will also be available.

For you bakers out there, don't forget that this year we will hold our Second Annual City Church Pie Contest, complete with a panel of judges and prizes for the top pies. Contact Liz Morton ( with questions.

KIDS: We'll have face painting, sack races, and tractor rides to keep the kids entertained. Feel free to also bring frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, etc. Volunteers will be on hand to help monitor the kids from 4pm until dinner is served.

For those of you with little ones who need to nap or need to be fed, please feel free to use the upstairs of the house.

SAFETY: You are welcome to look around the Smithfield property, but please use caution as you do, particularly when walking around the old dairy and smoke house as there can be debris and broken glass in those areas. Also, as you all know, it typically gets dark a little after dinnertime this time of year, so we will have lights and firepits set up, as well as glow bracelets for the kids (makes them easier to spot).

WEATHER: As of now the forecast for the 26th is a high of 55 and a low of 37 with 0% chance of rain. Please pray that it stays that way! Should inclement weather occur, keep an eye on your email for updates on the status of the party.

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch. See you all on the 26th!