Steven Furtick and Judah Smith 2015 Halloween


Lance Goodall 2 Nov 2017

Elevation Church takes the Fall Festival which is another name for – Halloween and turns it into a fun time for the kids.

Rather than just educate and explain the pagan origins of the festival, we will put on an event that doesn’t overtly ‘hallow’ the day, but by an indirect association we are still guilty of the crime of celebrating the season of Halloween.

It should be noted that Elevation is not the only church that hold such events, but he is making the most noise.

Steven Furtick has organised ‘Trunk and Treat’ events which were held last weekend


If you missed out this fall like we did on getting to the county fair have no fear, funnel cakes are STILL here.

At least they will be this Saturday night at Elevation Blakeney. Right after the 5pm worship experience, join us for our Fall Festival. Food, music, and fun for the entire family.


Elevation Matthews is planning a return of the fabulous Trunk or Treat. That’s Sunday evening right after the 6pm worship experience. The parking lot will be filled with cars and grownups all dressed up for the party. Kids will be in costume and gathering as much candy as their bellies and bags can hold.

Elevation Providence is holding its Fall Festival Saturday evening from 5-8pm at Providence High School. Lots of fun there for the whole family is scheduled there as well.

Elevation Rock Hill is joining in on the fun in Old Town Rock hill on Monday October 31 for the town’s Boo ha-ha. Safe trick or treating with 25 vendors expected there, as well as a big costume contest. Bring a canned food item to help fill up the food pantries at Pilgrims’ Inn and A Place for Hope.

Looking forward to seeing you this festive weekend!


“God is a God of Separation not Sanitisation”


See More…. Elevation has fallen for Fall Festival


Furtick even used the back drop of Halloween to talk about a ‘haunted heart’, dealing with the ghosts within, whatever that means…..more Christian Psychobabble?


The Haunted Heart Sermon – Personally I just think he’s  ‘masking’ the problem 

Is all this necessary, yet for a motivational speaker, and not a minster of the gospel, any prop or illustration will do.

‘I didn’t realise the church was here to provide food, fun, and funnel cakes.’

Some churches have dropped their Halloween celebrations because of low attendance or to concentrate on more mission-specific activities, but many will hold family-friendly events on trick-or-treat night.

Those who want to decorate their cars and hand out candy are asked to arrive 45 minutes to an hour before an event is set to start, but churches welcome families who want to attend without hosting a trunk.

“Halloween is fun. It’s just plain fun,” said Pastor Laura Stern, who came to Soapstone United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina three years ago, long after the congregation began holding its annual trunk-or-treat event. “I know there are churches and faith traditions out there that choose not to celebrate Halloween, but we have fellowship and we enjoy it. As long as everything is in good taste.”

Participants were encouraged to dress for the occasion at the church Sunday night, but were expected to save the ghoulish costumes for parties where they woulnd’t make anyone cry.

‘Halloween is fun. It’s just plain fun’ says Pastor Stern, but so is playing with fire, eventually you will get burned.

This year, the church added a food drive to the event, with the proceeds going to a local food bank.

 Like many other churches, First Baptist Church Cary has a seasonal, rather than scary, focus to its Oct. 31 event, which it calls Festival 31. The event, scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., so it can be a substitute for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, also will feature inflatables and displays of police cars and fire trucks in the church parking lot at 218 S. Academy St.

Participants who register get a voucher for free hot dogs and drinks.

Here are some other church-sponsored events on Oct. 31:

▪ Baptist Grove Church will hold its trunk-or-treat in the parking lot at 7109 Leesville Road, Raleigh, from 6-9 p.m. The event will include face painting, a crafts station, s’mores village, a trip to Jerusalem, a pumpkin hunt and a DJ.

▪ The youth of Amelia Christian Church, 1696 Amelia Church Road, Clayton, will host a trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available.

▪ Grace Bible Fellowship, 9043 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, will have its Harvest Festival Oct. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. with a costume contest, trunk-or-treat, face painting, food station, games, and a police car and fire truck.

▪ Wildwood Free Will Baptist Church, 5788 Cornwallis Road, Garner, will hold its trunk-or-treat from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The evening will include a gospel message.

▪ Aversboro Road Baptist Church, 1600 Aversboro Raod, Garner, will offer trunk-or-treat along with games, inflatables and live music from 6-8 p.m.

▪ Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church will offer trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. at 652 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield. Inside the church will be a cake walk, and hot dogs will be for sale to support a church ministry.

▪ Woodland Baptist Church will hold its fall festival from 6-8 p.m., with games, a hayride and trunk-or-treat at the church at 190 Woodland Church Road, Wake Forest.

We are to reprove sin, not approve of sin!