Burning Bush Cowboy Church hosting festival

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

Burning Bush Cowboy Church in Troy will host a Fall Festival from 4 until 7 p.m. at Cattleman Park on Saturday.

The festival is free to the public and will feature fall festival games and a rather unique hayride. Concessions will be available on the grounds.

Bush Memorial Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat for the kids in the area back of Cattleman arena.

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The Rev. Alvie Walker, Burning Bush Cowboy Church pastor, said the Fall Festival is an opportunity for families to come out and enjoy a time of fun together.

“We’ll have a candy find where kids can hunt for candy in a haystack and a cupcake walk,” Walker said. “Then, we’ll have a lot of cowboy type games, like roping a dummy cow and we’ll also have pony rides where the ponies are actually led around.

“The hayride will include a couple of stops. One of the stops will be at the Cattleman Park stables. We’ll talk about the birth of Jesus and that he was born in a stable much like the ones we are seeing. Toward the end of the hayride, we’ll stop at a big cross that we have erected and talk about what the cross means to us and about what Jesus had to endure before he was nailed on the cross.”

The Burning Bush Cowboy Church is located in Cattleman Park. The Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30.

“We also have a youth meeting for ages 12 and under on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.,” Walker said. “We welcome everyone who would like to come worship with us.”

The services at Burning Bush Cowboy Church are informal and with come as you are services.

“Some people don’t feel comfortable in a formal church setting,” Walker said. “In Pike County and the surrounding area, we have a cowboy culture and a lot of people are interested in this kind of church.”

For nearly a half-century, cowboy churches have been extremely popular in the western states. In recent years, cowboy churches have found their way into southern states. The movement is now in Pike County.

Walker said Burning Bush Cowboy Church is growing and the Fall Festival is a way to reach out to the extended community.