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Picnic in the Park


On summer Sundays in Waterloo’s Lincoln Park, passersby see children coloring with chalk, throwing footballs, playing bean bag toss, and simply enjoying each others’ company.

This summer marked the ninth summer in a row members of Orchard Hill Church have joined members of Harvest Vineyard Church and the community downtown for a free meal and worship celebration on the first and third Sundays of each month, June through September.

Picnic in the Park has allowed Harvest Vineyard and Orchard Hill to be a welcoming presence in the Walnut Neighborhood outside the four walls of our churches. Together, the two churches practice the hospitality and the love of Jesus by reaching out to neighbors through a meal, fellowship, and worship in Lincoln Park.

While the team typically serves about 225 meals, these Sunday morning gatherings provide more than a hot meal. Picnic in the Park provides an opportunity to begin building relationships with people you might not otherwise meet.  "It's important for families to eat together around the dinner table,” remarked one regular attendee at the picnic. “And Picnic in the Park is just one big family eating together in the name of Christ."

Orchard Hill believes God strengthens our partnership with Harvest Vineyard and people living in the Walnut Neighborhood through Picnic in the Park.

For more information about the partnership in the Walnut Neighborhood, please contact Laura Hoy or visit linkccd.org.

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