LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! TAGSBishop Kelvin CobarisFall FestivalImpact ChurchMADPastor Hezekiah Bradford Previous articleSTEM programs turning classrooms blueNext articleMinisterial Alliances plan Gospel Music Festival Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here South Apopka Ministerial Alliance partners in alternative to trick-or-treatingA large energetic crowd of super heroes, zombies and princesses mingled with parents, law enforcement officers, community leaders and pastors on Halloween evening at the MAD Movement Fall Festival held at Wheatley Park in South Apopka. Impact Church partnered with The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance to put on the event that was billed as an alternative to children trick-or-treating by themselves on a potentially dangerous night. The children enjoyed a petting farm, rode a pony, rode on trains, shot baskets, played in a bounce house, got their faces painted and showed-off their costumes. There was also free food, drinks, music and participation from the Apopka Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.And it was all to provide a safe place for the children of Apopka.But Kelvin Cobaris, the Lead Pastor at Impact Church, took it a step further than just a safe place. The MAD movement stands for “Make A Difference” and according to Cobaris, that’s exactly what they did.“This is an example of making a difference in our community,” he said. “We can talk about the violence, we can talk about the issues, we can talk about the problems, but all we’re doing then is talking. Some people asked me why are you having a festival on Halloween as a church? And the answer is I’d much rather our young people be in a park in a secure environment than on the streets trick-or-treating when this is one of the highest crime nights of the year. I would urge all churches to get out of your four walls and into your community.”According to Cobaris, sponsors of the event included The Impact Church, Apopka Mayor Joe Kilshiemer, Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, Sheriff Jerry Demings and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Michael McKinley and the Apopka Police Department, Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Orange County Clerk of the Court Tiffany Moore-Russell, Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Chief Val Demings, the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, Rod Love, Evelyn Jewett, Eric Dubois, Eric Jackson, and a host of volunteers and other donors. Love, the former Chairman of the Apopka Community Task Force Against Violence, was eager to be a sponsor of the event.“This is about community,” he said. “This is about protecting our youth. I’m proud to sponsor this event.”Hezekiah Bradford, President of The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, echoed Cobaris’ thoughts.“All of this represents what we can do together. The Festival is a safe space for the kids in a safe environment accompanied by adults. Instead of going door-to-door with kids walking where it’s not safe, we just want to make it more of a safe space opportunity. We want to work with the community.” Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.