Calvary Chapel hosts family-friendly SHINE event Friday at Edwards church
You get candy, plus there are inflatable bounce houses.
That’s how Avon resident Molly Haley looks at Calvary Chapel’s SHINE event, taking place Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Haley has two sons, Hank, 5 and Cannon, 6.
“My boys love it because there’s bouncy castles — three or four of them and they have the obstacle course one that they love,” she said. “There’s tons of game and giveaways, and prizes. It’s really upbeat and fun, and they end up with plenty of candy.”
This year there are three inflatable bouncers and carnival games and plenty of candy for the kids at the church, which is located at Vail Christian High School in Edwards. There’s coffee and cookies for the parents.
The Haley’s have attended the Calvary Chapel event since their kids were little. The boys are running around having so much fun playing the games and bouncing that half the time Haley doesn’t know where they are, but she doesn’t have to worry about it, and she likes that.
“There are people at the door who are welcoming but also making sure the costumes are not scary — no bloody faces, or anything scary,” she said. “We love to go trick or treating in Minturn but the first time we went, they freaked out because some of the masks were really scary. There’s none of that. It’s just tons of great energy.
“They end up with as much candy as trick or treating plus there’s bouncy castles,” she continued.
There are also five SHINE houses in the community Friday night — three in Miller Ranch in Edwards and two in Eagle Ranch.
“The thought behind it is let’s share the love and light of Christ with our neighbors and get out into our community,” said Luke Wegner, the children’s and youth pastor at Calvary Chapel in Edwards.
Last year when Wegner and his wife, Elisha, hosted a SHINE house at their home in Miller Ranch, a few kids were really excited to come across it.
“One of the teams had made up scavenger hunt maps, so people could be looking for the different SHINE houses,” Wegner said. “I heard a kid shout from across the block, ‘There’s a SHINE house!’ They were out looking for something specific and they found it and were super excited about it.”
The homes are decorated with bright white lights, Wegner said, and will be distinguished by the absence of ghosts, goblins and anything ghoulish.
Basically a wholesome, happy approach, Wegner said.
“What we’re trying to do is take a scary event and turn it into something light and fun and non-scary for the whole family,” he said.
‘LOVE ON THEIR COMMUNITY’
The church hosted Fall Fun Night for many years at Nottingham Park in Avon for years until they moved it to the church. Last year was the first year for the SHINE event.
“We were trying to figure out how to reach our community and I thought SHINE was the way to go,” Wegner said. “We wanted to take the event that we’d been doing within church confines and wanted to get back into the community.”
Along with games and candy at each SHINE house, they’ll be giving away water bottles, glow-in-the-dark Frisbees and invitations to attend Calvary Chapel.
“We’ll give people invitations to hear about Jesus at church,” Wegner said. “There will be games and candy and good people who love Jesus and who want to love on their community.”