It started as a yard sale. But like anything with this congregation, there was no telling what it would become.
The Journey at Lake Wylie hosts JourneyFest on Saturday with inflatables, children’s games, an obstacle course, a dunking booth, a cornhole competition for adults and a yard sale. There also will be a police car, race car, classic car and a firetruck.
“We were just going to have a yard sale,” said volunteer organizer Kay Bivens. “Then it grew.”
JourneyFest is the first community event held by the church since major changes occurred earlier this year. The church had more people than space when meeting at Oakridge Middle School. Pine Grove Baptist Church at 5415 Highway 557 had the opposite problem. So the two groups came together at the former Pine Grove building, led by pastor Kenny Ashley from Journey.
“It’s been a God thing,” he said. “When you think about two congregations coming together and both voting unanimously to join together like this. You can’t get one congregation to vote unanimously on Jesus coming back to be your pastor.”
The new church held its first service together in February. Many of the previous programs, most notably the academy, remain.
“The congregation melded together,” Ashley said. “It’s like we’ve been together forever.”
Admission is free. The only costs are for the hot dog lunch, yard sale and the silent auction. Money raised will go to church projects. There also will be local independent vendors.
The yard sale runs 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Other festivities run 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
“The only thing we’re trying to do is make people aware that we’re here,” Bivens said.