LEMONADE IN THE SHADE is an outreach of FBC PATTERSON. This FREE event goes on during Patterson's Apricot Fiesta (end of May). We offer FREE hotdogs, lemonade, iced tea and water as well as cotton candy snow cones and popcorn throughout the day to hundreds of families who stop in to jump in our bouncy bins, get their faces painted, wade in our kiddy pools and just enjoy the carnival like atmosphere. All the while our people get the opportunity to share the Gospel with hundreds of individuals ranging from children, teens to adults and even the elderly who are quite thankful to have a cool place to sit on what is usually a very hot weekend!
Then on Sunday mornings for over 10 years the FBC praise band is invited to play worship in the main stage at the fiesta from 9-11am! Our worship leader Nathan Gardner selects songs that provide a clear Gospel message (many of the songs are written by Nathan Gardner) but there are also a number of familiar worship songs and favorite old hymns that always get a great response from the crowd! We have been providing the LEMONADE IN THE SHADE outreach to the town of Patterson for over a decade and are always met with questions like "why do you do this for free?" And "I notice how much your people love each other and are genuinely joyful as they serve others in this heat!" This gives us an opportunity to share the message of God's FREE gift of salvation and how He knots together the hearts of His people and gives us #APlacetoBelong God only knows how many people have heard the Gospel throughout the years ...we are always encouraged and blessed beyond measure when a person surrenders their heart to realize they're a dinner in need of a Savior, turn from their sin, and follow Jesus! (We are thankful to have the CSBC Party Trailer available each year to help make this event even more of a success! To download a copy of Nathan Gardner's newest Worship CD go to Every Breath Every Beat by Nathan Gardner https://itun.es/us/xM1P8