3 days, 25,000 people, 125 volunteers per day, 100,000 square feet of inflatables and a whole lot of fun!
February 18th- 20th was Kids Fest, a huge event for families in Toronto to celebrate Family Day Weekend together. Kids Fest is the largest indoor inflatable show in Canada, and also an opportunity for Catch The Fire Toronto’s biggest outreach of the year.
This is the second year that Catch The Fire have been involved in Kids Fest, and it was a huge success. Our staff helped organise all the volunteers over the festival, with people from local high schools and the church family helping out. They assisted children on an off rides and inflatables, blessing them and being salt and light.
Our Church building is located in an industrial environment, so this was a great chance for us to connect and be involved in things that are happening in the community. People from our church family were involved in many different ways:
When guests entered Kids Fest, they were greeted by our pastors and cell leaders, who handed out swag bags full of gifts from sponsors, and also Catch The Fire leaflets with information about our campuses, youth events and children’s events.
We set up a Veggie Tales booth with scripture based videos playing for the children to watch. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber were at the booth giving hugs, high-fives, and having photos taken with tonnes of delighted children. Anna McIver, an intern for Kids Ministry was Bob the Tomato for the day. She enjoyed the day and said, “it was hugely inspiring to see so many young people freely volunteering their time to contribute to such a creative family event.”
Catch The Fire Youth held a fundraising booth, raising money for their annual Summer Camp selling popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones.
The Open Sky Cafe was a chance for guests of Kids Fest to receive Christian prophecy, healing, and dream interpretation ministry. The team was lead by Jari Koivu from YWAM and our prophetic team.
On Sunday, we were even able to openly share the gospel with families as Darrin Clark performed magic tricks with a message of the truth of Jesus.
The biggest part of the event for us was to let people know about our Family Carnival Day, an open house event that we are holding on March 31st in our Catch The Fire Toronto building. There will be bouncy castles and all sorts of fun things going on, and it will be a great opportunity for visitors to get to know the Catch The Fire family better. We had lots of specific interest from Kids Fest attendees - largely because our event will be free! We’re looking forward to seeing many families there.
Were you at KidsFest this year? Or have you volunteered in your community lately? Use the comments box below to share your experiences!