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A spooky, good time

South Carolina congregation hosts Halloween activities

In late October 2011 more than 250 congregation and community members in Lexington, S.C., experienced how St. James Lutheran made Halloween a fun, interactive and informational holiday for the youth.

It began when Nathan and Andrea Rice, co-pastors of St. James, became frustrated with the congregation hosting Halloween events that didn't accomplish what Nathan said the church does best — "sharing the gospel." The pastors took it upon themselves to create a unique event that not only offers fun activities for the youth but also teaches them about the Bible.

"A lot of [churches] were doing [fall festivals] as an alternative to Halloween," Nathan Rice said. "We thought, 'Well if all these people are doing this kind of stuff, why don't we be the church and do something that actually has to do with what we believe.'"


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