Penryn Church hosts Disguise & Prize, corn maze Oct. 13

By on September 26, 2018

Jerusalem Church, 1620 Newport Road, Penryn, will host its annual fall celebration, Disguise & Prize, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. This family-friendly event features a corn maze. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 14.

Angela Havice, a member of the church’s family ministry events team, said it’s the sixth time the church will host Disguise & Prize, and the fifth time for the corn maze.

“We wanted to do a fall event for families. A lot of organizations do Trunk or Treat, but we wanted to do something a bit different, so we decided to do Disguise and Prize,” she explained.

Disguise & Prize combines Trick-or-Treat with a car show with a bit of a twist. Children in disguise (costume optional) visit festively decorated vehicles to receive small prizes. Havice said in addition to the decorated vehicles, there are also booths children can visit for prizes.

“It’s really fun. Prizes have included candy, small toys and temporary tattoo stickers,” she said. “There are also some interactive opportunities. We’ve had some very creative things in the past including doing a limbo for a prize, a Candy Land-type of game, and even a treasure chest theme. For that one, kids could ‘walk the plank’ and pick out a prize from the treasure chest.”

Disguise & Prize is held on a portion of the church parking lot. The corn maze is in the field adjacent to the parking lot. Havice said the church owns the property, and the field is farmed by a local farmer.

“Each year the maze has a different message. It has to be short, but meaningful, as well as easy to create since we do it by hand,” she said.

The first year’s message was “God Loves.” It was followed by “Jesus Saves” and “Spirit Leads” Last year’s message was “Amazing Grace”– a well-known hymn and phrase that reflects the Scripture in John 1:14-17. The message of this year’s corn maze is “Christ Alone.”

“As we pondered about choices for this year’s message, we thought about the mission of the church; we use it to guide us in picking out our corn maze messages,” said Havice. “We exist to lead people to find their greatest joy and pleasure in Jesus Christ above all things to the glory and worship of God. Our mission is to draw attention to Jesus Christ and to make his name famous. True and lasting joy and pleasure cannot be found outside of union with him. Our goal is to proclaim Christ in such a way that people can respond to the gospel and be united to Christ by faith and therein find superlative and eternal gladness in God.

“Romans 8:38-39 says ‘For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,’” she continued. “As a congregation we regularly sing the hymn ‘In Christ Alone,’ which starts ‘In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.’ Additionally Acts 4:12 says, ‘And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’ Our mission, these verses, and this hymn, led us to choose this year’s message — Christ Alone.”

The maze itself is about a half-mile, and like any maze there are dead ends.

“We don’t want people, especially kids, getting frustrated by the maze and dead ends. We have volunteers stationed at the dead ends with some prizes,” Havice explained, “The maze is geared toward younger elementary-school age kids, but it’s amazing to see older siblings and adults come out and enjoy it.”

Last year she said about 230 people from the community attended the event in addition to church members.

“It’s a lot of work for one day, but it’s so much fun, and we get to welcome people from the community,” Havice said.

Further information about Disguise & Prize and the corn maze is available at Jerusalem’s website, jerusalemchurch.net, and its Facebook page.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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