Fun and faith draw crowd to Faith Baptist Candy Scramble

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND

By CAMILLE PHILLIPS

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Mikayla Fauss, 7, and her sister Melinda, 5, agreed: the best part was the bounce house.

Mikayla Fauss, 7, left, and her sister Melinda Fauss, 5, play on a bounce house in the sanctuary of Faith Baptist Church Saturday, April 23, 2011.

“Cause we go jumping and jumping and sliding,” Melinda said with a big grin.

Two hours after the Candy Scramble began at Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, April 23, Mikayla and Melinda, along with about a dozen other children, were still playing on a Scooby Doo bounce house set up in the church sanctuary.

This was the fifth Candy Scramble the Brown Station Road church has held. Pastor Dan Kelly said the church holds the event to “reach out to the community during the Easter season, and if we can, bring people to Christ.”  He said over 300 people came this year.

In addition to playing on the bounce houses, Mikayla, Melinda and the other kids searched for eggs filled with candy and had their faces painted. Melinda had a pink bunny nose and gray bunny whiskers, while Mikayla had a pink butterfly on her cheek.

Besides the fun activities for the kids, there was a free raffle for  t-shirts, bikes and hams, and a faith-based PowerPoint presentation.

“Of course, this being Easter, it (the presentation) was about the resurrection story,” Kelly said.

Mikayla and Melinda’s father, Ron Fauss, said the faith element was the reason he brought his girls to the Candy Scramble. He is a member of Blue Ridge Christian Church.

“It’s good for my girls to know that Easter isn’t just about bunnies and eggs,” Fauss said.

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