The first Bond Fire of the season came on the heels of a torrential downpour. Between vicious cracks of thunder the Rusnak's regrettably posted a cancellation notice only to glance out the window ten minutes later to see the sun peaking through. Everything was soaked but one look at the daughter who'd spent her afternoon labouring over a sign and the cancellation was rescinded with a 'you might get wet but I dare you to come!' announcement post.
Dry wood was pulled from the bottom of the pile behind the barn and a fire was going when the first guests arrived. People slowly trickled in and in the end there was a grand total of 21 in attendance (with enough snacks for 50!) but the smaller group offered a great opportunity to meet some people newly connected to the congregation and though everyone got wet feet, hearts were light and the company was great!
The evening ended with an impromptu fireworks show and sparklers for the children.
Some brave kids jumped in the river at tonight's BondFire @ The LaPrise's pic.twitter.com/iq2zQFNIbK
— Hanover Missionary (@hmcnews) July 7, 2014
Our second week was met with sunshine and many more people ventured out to enjoy the night together in the LaPrise's backyard. There was swimming in the river, a fascinating minnow-catching demonstration, and more food than the picnic table could contain.
Relationship is so important. We created the Bond Fire Initiative to provide an opportunity to casually gather beyond the walls of our church building, a chance to get to know one another better, an occasion to laugh and play together, and a safe environment to invite friends and neighbours into participation with the HMC family.
We are looking forward to many more evenings together this summer. People have willingly opened their yards and homes and we are excited about the sense of community this recurring event is building.
Will you join us this Sunday night? We'd love to see you there!