Each year in the month of September, the men of the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ held their Annual Men’s Day Conference. On Sunday morning at 7:00 am the men hosted a “Men’s Day Breakfast”, which attracted over thousand men. Shortly, after the conference in the year 2000, the Men’s Fellowship decided to have a special outing with the young men from the ages of six years old and up.
On Saturdays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, the men would gather the youth of the church and in the community. The youth were not allowed to bring any electronic toys or computers. The planned day involved the men sharing the type of games played during their childhood. The day activities included; wall ball, handball, dodge ball, stickball, chess, camping and much more. The young men were excited to see how the older men entertained themselves.
After several gatherings, Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr., and Deacon Joseph Cann noticed that there were other youth who were not members of the church who wanted to get involved. During their conversation Deacon Cann shared his vision with Bishop about taking the Saturday youth activities to the streets.
On July 19, 2002, the first “Taking it to the Streets” Community Festival took place. The event was a remarkable success. In 2003, the “2nd Annual event, we adopted the theme; “Save Our Children, Our Youth, Our Family, Our Future” and explained by adding a parade, more community partners and sponsors.
Taking it to the Streets is another milestone of the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ ministries.
To God be the glory.