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Hope Chapel Nashua plans a little fun on Saturday

NASHUA — Members of Hope Chapel Nashua invest a lot of time and energy providing services and to make the city a stronger, healthier community.

This weekend, church members will do their best to give friends and neighbors a little bit of fun.

On Saturday, Hope Chapel will host Bless this Community, a block party, picnic-style event, with games, entertainment and food.

Bless this Community kicks off at 10 a.m. at the church’s home base at 46 Bridge St., and everything is free and open to the public.

“It’s a fun event that we do to get to know people,” said Johnson Udo, who will be performing with a group of dancers during the day.

The entertainment lineup also features several local bands, including Christian rockers, True North.

The church will blow up a bounce house for kids to jump off some energy before or after they play some games and enjoy a puppet show.

And for Saturday yard-sale hunters, Bless this Community will host an open yard sale with no fees for sellers.

However, it is a community-based event, and the sale is for families and residents, not dealers.

Food and drinks will also be available.

Hope Chapel is part of the Foursquare Church, an international family of thousands of churches and congregations who are part of an evangelical Pentecostal Christian tradition.

Pastors Nico and Sue Kay oversee Hope Chapel’s many projects and ministries that include serving free lunches, providing groceries and sponsoring a free clothing shop for Nashua’s families and residents in need.

Like other Foursquare churches, Hope Chapel also reaches out to residents with its own style of open, accessible worship.

During the week, members host “mini churches” in living rooms, coffee shops and parks where members can meet, talk and pray in casual and comfortable settings.

Udo said this is not a religious or prayer event, and church members are not throwing a party to recruit members.

But the door is always open for anyone who would like to join the congregation for their Sunday morning services at 10 a.m.

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