Community celebrates Fourth of July

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

July 11, 2014

WINNSBORO — More than 300 people showed up to First Baptist Church’s Fourth of July celebration on Friday.

The free event provided hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. Kids enjoyed games and inflatable bouncy houses.

Prior to the fireworks show, military personnel and armed forces veterans were recognized.

“We appreciate you and we thank you,” First Baptist Church pastor Mark Chapman said. “We thank you so much and we also want to say thank you to the families because of the great sacrifice they gave.”

Following the veterans’ recognition, staff gave away door prizes. The top prize was a new gas grill, which was won by Navy veteran William Hawkins.

Other door prizes included gift cards from Walmart, Farmers Furniture, Wilson Chevrolet as well as folding chairs and gift baskets from Summer Day Gift shop.

Chapman reminded those in attendance the core reasons to celebrate the Fourth of July with a church family.

“As Christians I believe that we need to pray that God will forgive our trespasses and restore our nation to shine the light of hope of what she has been and what she can be again,” he stated. “As Americans we celebrate liberty and freedom. As believers in Christ we have liberty from sin.”

Chapman told the assembly that First Baptist’s inaugural Fourth of July celebration was inspired by church member Melvin Carr.

“We try to to do this every year where the community can come together in a safe place and enjoy fellowship together,” Carr said. “I’d like to thank the church family for coming together and doing all this because it takes a lot of work.”

Carr also thanked Winnsboro Town Councilman Jack Wilkes for his assistance on the event.

“If you see him, thank him, because he helps us tremendously in putting this thing on,” he noted.