Parents and their kids who haven’t gotten their school shopping done yet can enjoy a block party, free food and pick up supplies at the same time.

The event is part of a multi-church effort in Canton that includes Canton First Baptist, St. Andrews Episcopal, Harris Chapel AME-Zion, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Central United Methodist, First United Methodist, and Canton Presbyterian.

Tim McRee, the rector at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, said the idea evolved from a vestry retreat at St. Andrews several years ago and grew from there.

“This will be our third annual multi-church, multi- denominational block party,” McRee said. “It’s a gift to the community in Canton where there will be games for kids parking lot of Canton First Baptist and a free meal in the St. Andrews parking lot. It has become a wonderful, fun day for families and great Christian fellowship across denominational lines. My metaphor is that it’s a snapshot of the kingdom of God.”

St. Andrews will be firing up its Holy Smoke barbecue team; AME Zion will put on a fish fry and other churches are pitching in to provide watermelon, drinks and paper products.

The Saturday, Aug. 17 event will last from 3 to 7 p.m. In addition to the food and fun, there will be stacks of paper, glue, pens/pencils, binders and other school supplies children will need before school starts next Monday.

The Rev. Court Greene with Canton First Baptist noted there have been times when Canton area churches have worked together, including a recently concluded vacation Bible school that ended with a joint worship service in the Canton Recreation Park.

“If you’re noticing a theme here, it’s because Canton’s churches are somewhat special,” Greene said. “We’ve just sort of all fallen in love with working together.”

While the intention is to provide supplies for students on the east end of the county, Greene said nobody would be turned away from the event.

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