It’s been nearly 48 hours since that 2PM start time for the Midlothian Back 2 School Bash and I’m still all giddy like a kid in a candy store with a $100 bill. We wanted to share a message of Hope, Help and God’s Love to our community – and I think they heard it … loud and clear. We were able to connect with over 2,000 people who attended the Back 2 School Bash! Here are some of my reflections from the day:
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY! That’s not what most people in Texas were hoping for, but when I woke up Saturday morning and it was raining I had flashbacks of last year’s Mud Fest and that was the very one thing I had hoped not to repeat. Let’s just say God had an earful from me that morning, I prayed for the rain to stop over Midlothian and the more I prayed, the more the drizzle continued. It rained incessantly right up to our 2PM start time and within 10 minutes the ground was completely dry, the crowd came out, the cloud cover stayed over us all day, a nice north breeze was blowing and it never got above 84*. I think the whole time I was fretting, God was smiling saying, “Jason, I got this. Trust me.” What a beautiful day we had in Midlothian for the Back 2 School Bash, I think God just wanted to show off for us!
VOLUNTEER REVOLUTION! One of my favorite things to see at our events are our volunteers. They were there in shifts from 8am until midnight – many there the entire time. There is absolutely no way we could have had the success we had without the hundreds of volunteers that gave their most expensive asset … their time. It humbled me to see families volunteering together, teenagers serving, kids helping kids. Everywhere I looked a sea of Panther Blue Volunteer Shirts represented people that smiled and helped and loved people. Our coordinating team was fabulous and you guys made me the proudest pastor in the world!
COMMUNITY SUPPORT! What made the Back 2 School Bash impressive to our guests who attended was the community support. Our goal was to provide an avenue for our community to donate school supplies to Manna House who will do the distribution. Sissy Franklin and her team from Manna House were thrilled at the truck loads of school supplies and cash donations given to make this the best start to a school year ever. It was spectacular to see Midlothian’s Top Hair Stylists all working side by side for six hours cutting children’s hair. Hope Clinic came our with 500 immunizations and with the volunteer support of nurses from all over Ellis County their helped provide immunizations for kids going back to school. The Back 2 School Bash was successful because of our community support!
CORPORATE DONORS! When large national corporations and local business owners heard what we were doing, they couldn’t let an opportunity like this go by without investing. Thousands of dollars were given by businesses and thousands more were represented in the prizes and give-a-ways. We value our corporate donors and than you from the bottom of our hearts for investing in peoples lives!
CITY OF MIDLOTHIAN & MIDLOTHIAN ISD! What a fantastic city we live and what a great school district we have. We appreciate the open door MISD gave us for the use of the parking lot and field at the Midlothian Multi-Use Stadium. And we thank Mayor Boyce Whatley for his support both prior to and out at the Back 2 School Bash. The Parks & Recreation Department and Jim Berman ended a great day with their Movie in the Park. Thank you guys for your investment in Midlothian!
100 HOURS OF PRAYER! God had a huge part in this. In February God birthed the idea to provide help to students going back to school and God continued to open doors as we dreamed and walked in faith. The last 7 days prior to the Back 2 School Bash we challenged our church to invest 100 hours of prayer on top of the hours of prayer that had lead up to this event. We give God the glory for the success the Back 2 School Bash was and the lives that were impacted.
For the past three years Life Church has sponsored FREEDOM CELEBRATION, a family-friendly activity leading up to the Amazing firework display provided by Citizens National Bank on July 3rd each year. From our first year with just an inflatable slide and bounce house, we witnessed the desire of Midlothian families to come together for a large scale attraction. Each year our FREEDOM CELEBRATION grew and attracted a greater crowd. It has provided to be a great festive time in our community as we celebrate our nations freedom. It wouldn’t have been possible without the strategic partnership of our vendors, the Midlothian School District, the Midlothian Police Department, the hundreds of volunteers from Life Church, and of course CNB’s firework show.
Maybe you are asking, where is Life Church this July 3rd? And where are all the great attractions, competitions and events? I’m glad you asked. Each year we spend time praying and seeking God’s will on the best investment of our time and resources. After weeks of prayer it seemed the more people on our staff and leadership team that we talked to, the more we were in agreement about a change to this summer’s event. After much prayer and planning, we want you to invite you and your family to join Life Church for the biggest end-of-summer blow out ever at our Back 2 School Bash!
After speaking with Dr Stewart, MISD Superintendent, and gaining the support of Boyce Whatley, Midlothian Mayor – we are moving full steam ahead. On Saturday, August 13th we are planning a 6 hour long Back 2 School Bash at the Midlothian Panther Football Stadium. Check out everything that is going to be happening:
- Largest Inflatable Water Slide in Texas with 150ft of sliding distance
- 2 Story Obstacle Course
- 2 Euro Bungees
- 24ft Rock Climbing Wall
- 30 ft Dry Slide
- 2 Obstacle Courses
- Bounce Houses
- Batting Cage
- Games & Competitions