by Terry Rogers
Anchor Church is only a little over two years old but they have already made a strong connection in the Milford area. According to Pastor Paul Bowman, Anchor Church has many young families and they enjoy hosting events that are family-friendly as well as fun. On Friday, August 2, the church held their third annual “Movies in the Park” event, showing the Lego Movie 2.
“When we started the outdoor movie nights, we simply wanted to provide a safe, fun, family-friendly activity that everyone in the community could enjoy,” Bowman said. “We always pick popular, family-friendly movies so as many people can enjoy them as possible. We also had Top Five BBQ, a local food truck, and free face painting by Nicki’s Face Painting. The turnout was good, perhaps a little lower due to the rain earlier in the day. We average anywhere between 100 and 200 people coming out.”
Bowman explained that Anchor Church believes it is important to for the church to show the community that they are there for them and with them. Not only do they want the community to see they are supportive, they want people in the area to see church can be fun.
“We love the close-knit community feel of Milford and see our movie nights as just another way to make Milford a great place to be,” Bowman said. “The event was free but we did ask for canned good donations that we then bring to the Food Bank. Not only did we have fun that night, it can be a blessing to others as well.”
The next event Anchor Church has planned is “Love Milford: Back to School.” Bowman explained that this is the second time doing the event and the church is hoping this year will be even better than the last.
“At this event, we give away a free school uniform, backpack, supplies and haircut to any local children,” Bowman said. “We are especially looking to bless local kids in need. Preparing for school can be costly, so we are hoping to help kids get the school year started off on a great foot. This year, we also have several local businesses that have partnered and we will be giving away a bike, a custom made child-sized desk, and several gift cards to local shops. We will also have live music from our church band, face painting and free hot dogs. Last year, we helped over 100 kids and we hope to double that this year.”
The “Love Milford: Back to School” event is planned for Saturday, August 17 from 10 AM until 12 Noon at the Boys and Girls Club in Milford. Anchor Church meets ever Sunday at the Boys and Girls Club on Airport Road at 10:30 AM.
“Our core mission is to bring hope into people’s lives,” Bowman said. “Sunday morning services are relaxed and casual, with lively music and teaching from the Bible that aims at everyday life.” Anyone interested in learning about the church can visit www.anchormilford.com.
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