By Tiffany Williams
The Ponoka County Fair will be hosting a multi-denominational church service on Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponoka Curling Rink. Trinity Lutheran, Sonrise Christian Reformed and Word of Life are helping to organize the event but all churches and anyone without a home church are welcome.
Pastor Harry Zantingh from Sonrise Christian Reformed has wanted to do a joint service like this for a few years now and is very excited to be involved.
“When Jesus talks about being the body of Christ we need to be a body working together,” said Zantingh. “Community is very important and this is how churches can give something back to the community. It will be a time to worship God as well a benefit for the community.”
The service will have an agriculture theme to complement the County Fair.
“If you ask me, God is an important part of creation and the service and the fair will go together to recognize the fruits of God,” he said.
Zantingh hopes that it picks up and that it will continue to become and integral part of the County Fair.
“I think it’s cool we have the fair and it is another great event for the community,” said Zantingh. “This will not be a crusade it’s another way to be involved in the community and to celebrate God and the community.”
The offering during the service will be for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Zantingh thinks that it is a cause that everyone can relate to.
“It’s agriculture and it helps to deal with poverty. We are doing fairly well here and we want to help. We have a local project and it reaches internationally as well.”
After the church service at 12 p.m. there will be a pancake brunch and entertainment at the Curling Rink and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. there will be a Gospel Sing.