Individuals and family members in the Hopkinsville community are invited to slide into summer Sunday afternoon at Second Baptist Church's Sonshine 2019.

The free event will be from 4 until 8 p.m. at 720 W. Seventh St.

"We wanted an event that was going to display the light that the Lord gives us, what summer can be about and how Second Baptist Church is a friendly church with a future so bright," said Whitney Aldridge, who coordinated the event with Laura Faulkner and Kelley Carver. "There are so many cool things that are happening with Second."

The name of the event, "Sonshine," has both biblical and seasonal meanings.

"What goes better with summertime than sunshine, and we are here to worship the one, true Son. We just played those two together," Aldridge said.

Sonshine 2019 includes several events for all ages, including the Bouncing B's Inflatables obstacle course or an age-appropriate jump house. Pre-teens and teens may like Knocker Ball, Gamez on Wheelz Indoor Laser Tag, Mobile Arcade and more.

"The purpose of this event is to draw in young families. This is not just for children; we have something for everybody," Aldridge said.

Participants can enjoy dinner on the grounds with walking tacos, hot dogs, pizza and drinks. Kona Ice of Hopkinsville will also be there for dessert. The first 100 children will get a shaved ice drink for free.

Prizes will be given away every 20 minutes, including a big screen TV, bicycles, shopping gift cards, dining gift cards, electronics, toys and more.

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"We have giveaways to shower our young families with --- new toys, electronics, tablets --- to love on our community to show them what Second Baptist really is and to have fun while doing it," Aldridge said.

All participants will need to register onsite to receive an armband which is required to enter the event. Onsite registration will begin at 4 p.m. For more information, be sure to "Like" Second Baptist Church on Facebook and find SonShine under upcoming events.

In case of inclement weather, Aldridge said the event would move indoors to the church's activities building.

"We have put a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of love into this event," Aldridge said. "We've got over 115 volunteers from our church and that speaks to how big of a family we are. All coming together just to make sure it runs smoothly and that everybody is loved. We just cannot wait to see what happens. We're so excited for the Lord to show up. I fully believe He will bring sunshine with him, and we will have a good time."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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