By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 20, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Soldiers and families seeking a fun afternoon out are invited to visit the inaugural Parking Lot Palooza July 29 at Wings Chapel parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event, co-hosted by Fort Rucker's Religious Services Office and the Protestant Women of the Chapel, will feature a variety of family-friendly activities designed to entertain children and adults of all ages.
"There will be a lot of fun activities for kids," Erin Henley, PWOC vice president of programs, said. "We hope to connect with new families or families that will be joining the post community in the near future."
Attendees can enjoy a bounce house, water slide, corn hole and food, as well as the opportunity to step up and cool off a chaplain at the dunking booth.
"We want to create a social atmosphere that will help us connect with people," Henley said. "It will almost be like a carnival atmosphere with numerous mini games. We are going to have tables set up along the sidewalks with information about all the RSO services, as well as Navigators, PWOC and the children's ministry."
According to Chaplain (Maj.) Collie Foster, Wings Crossroads Chapel senior pastor, the event also provides an opportunity for the chaplaincy to extend an invitation to newly-arrived Soldiers and families.
"Summer is a big push of new permanent (party Soldiers) and students coming into [Fort Rucker], and we wanted create a fun, warm and inviting activity to welcome new Soldiers and families," he said. "We also wanted to take the opportunity to let these new members of our community know what religious services are available on post."
According to Jen Parker, PWOC president, attendees will have the opportunity to meet members of the chapel community and ease the transition into a new religious community.
"We are trying to create a social setting where we can connect with these people and be a familiar face, so it's not intimidating if they decide to try out one of our services," she said.
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