MASSENA - The First United Methodist Church will be opening its doors to visitors during a Sept. 29 open house.
The event will run from noon to 2 p.m., following the morning worship service. It will be an extension of our worship that day, said the churchs pastor, the Rev. Heather Stierheim.
The open house will give visitors an opportunity to enjoy some food and fun while at the same time learning what First United Methodist Church is all about, Rev. Stierheim said.
Were saying, Dont just go to church, be the church, she said.
The church, located at 189 Main St., has been a part of the Massena landscape since 1869, with renovations in 1914-15 and the addition of community hall in October 1956. A new steeple and upgrades and remodeling were completed in 1996.
Sometimes I think buildings that have been here for a long time get overlooked. This is just to say, Hey, heres what were all about, Rev. Stierheim said.
The activities will be noticeable on Sept. 29 as people pass by the church and hopefully stop to enjoy the fun.
Were going to have the parking lot used as a space for a barbecue, bounce house for kids, games, crafts and examples of mission work that you can do very quickly. Its just to have a fun day of inviting people to come and enjoy a free meal. Its a time for a family to get together, Rev. Stierheim said.
The churchs choir will also be singing, and visitors are invited into the church to enjoy the music.
The idea for the open house came from lay people in the church, according to the pastor.
I think some folks just said, Theres a lot going on here and were having a good time and we enjoy what were doing. It would be nice to share with other people, Rev. Stierheim said.
A committee comprised of church members has been meeting to plan the event.
We have a committee of people that are working on preparation, food, advertising, and getting a sense of what we want to highlight, she said.
The church has been very active, and Rev. Stierheim said they want to share that with the community.
We have between 60 and 80 folks on a Sunday. We have a number of youth and children, which is very unique. Sometimes half the congregation on Sunday morning has been children, she said.