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By Terry Wright, North Scottsdale UMC

How can a church provide families with a free, fun, and missional experience? North Scottsdale United Methodist Church  (NSUMC) accomplishes this by hosting an annual Trunk or Treat festival.

Trunk-1The basic Trunk or Treating guidelines include:

  • Wear a friendly costume. (Please leave the scary ones at home.)
  • Back your vehicle into a NSUMC parking space.
  • Decorate your trunk.(Creativity is good!)
  • Set up folding chairs next to your trunk.
  • Place your treats (candy) in your trunk.

North Scottsdale UMC’s annual event includes carnival games, snow cones, a bouncer, and a safe trick or treating experience. Hot dogs and other snacks are available for purchase throughout the evening. Halfway through the event the NSUMC Youth Group leads children in a costume parade. The night ends with trophies for exceptional costumes and decorated trunks.

NSUMC advertises the event to the community asking attending families to donate a box of cereal that will be given to United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) in Phoenix. This festival has benefited UMOM New Day Center’s breakfast pantry for over a decade. The mission of UMOM is to provide homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency.

North Scottsdale UMC’s annual Trunk or Treat event benefiting UMOM is an excellent example of mission minded outreach to the community.

North Scottsdale UMC’s annual Trunk or Treat event benefiting UMOM is an excellent example of mission minded outreach to the community.

NSUMC is hosting its 15th annual Trunk or Treat Festival from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in the NSUMC church parking lot located at 11735 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Aizona 85254. If you are interested in additional information about North Scottsdale UMC or any of their events, please call the church office at (480) 948-0529, visit them in person or go online and check out http://www.nsumc.com. Follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthScottsdaleUMC.

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