Church welcomes community with Family Fun Fest

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Tue., Jul. 23, 2013
Alexandra gets drenched as someone goes into the dunk tank during a July 20 Family Fun Fest at Willimantic's I.C.P. Comunidad Sanadora. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Alexandra gets drenched as someone goes into the dunk tank during a July 20 Family Fun Fest at Willimantic's I.C.P. Comunidad Sanadora. Photos by Melanie Savage.

In the midst of the recent heat wave, the bouncy house set up in one corner of Comunidad Sanadora I.C.P. was completely deserted. “It is hot,” said the Rev. Ana Maria Falcon-Garcia, as she oversaw her congregation’s Family Fun Fest of July 20. With temperatures well into the 90s, the place to be was definitely the front of the parking lot, where water balloons, squirt guns, a dunk tank and sprinklers kept the attention of most of the children. Under a nearby tent there were hamburgers, hot dogs, and plenty of icy cold beverages. Contemporary Christian music, most with lyrics sung in Spanish, emitted from a sound system.

“This is a family fun day for the community,” said Falcon-Garcia. “We want to let people know that our doors are open to the community.” Comunidad Sanadora is a Pentecostal church, and inside the sunny, cool sanctuary, Falcon-Garcia pointed to a large work of art dominating the altar area. It depicted the cross, flames, an ascending dove, and a crown - symbols associated with the church. At the foot of the cross, two little angels knelt in prayer. The artist had been given photographs of the congregation’s children from which to draw his inspiration for the angels, Falcon-Garcia explained. Unknowingly, he had chosen a child from the very first, and the last, family that Falcon-Garcia had drawn to the church after she was called to lead the congregation. “That stands for our whole church, up there,” said Falcon-Garcia.

Comunidad Sanadora I.C.P. Healing Community is located at 20 Hope St., in Willimantic. Bible school is held at 10:30 on Sunday mornings, and services are held at 6:30 on Sunday evenings.


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