Church Picnics



The first Fish Fry/Picnic we have on record was in 1932. On August 9, 1934, Hopewell had an all day Fish Fry and Picnic at Watkin's Grove. The Ashville Band performed, and there were races and games for everyone. Prizes were given to the winners. For the August 21, 1941 fish fry and picnic, 300 pounds of ocean perch were fried at a cost of $72.00. Other items purchased to fry the fish were: 75 pounds of lard, 37 pounds of flour and 20 pounds or corn meal. Ice cream and pop were available. The women made the home fried potatoes, baked beans and creamed slaw. Harley Rainier was in charge of the fresh squeezed lemonade made from lemons that the young people squeezed.

In the 1950s Harvey and Clara Spence hosted a bonfire weiner roast at their home.

Margaret White organized picnics for I.A.H. members at the White's pond.

During the 1980s the annual church potluck picnic was held at the Nolan Smith Farm. Rev. Paul Greenwell performed some immersion baptisms in the pond on the Smith's farm. Under the pastorate of Rev. Charles Muller the congregation enjoyed an autumn picnic at the Foreman's Retreat in the Hocking Hills on October 11, 1987. Also during the years Rev. Muller served as pastor, several church families hosted potluck picnics at their homes. Swimming was enjoyed at these picnics.

In 2005 the annual picnic was held at the 1800s Hopewell Cemetery as part of the Bicentennial Celebration. The picnic was named "Picnic with the Spirits." Traditional picnic food was provided so no one would have to cook. Old fashioned games were played. The people buried there were remembered as their names were read. The church picnic was held in the cemetery again in 2006 and 2007.

In 2008 The MYF had a picnic at the church that was named "Church Crickin" Day and Picnic.

On August 10, 2014, a church picnic was held following the Children's Vacation Bible School Program that was presented during the worship service. The Sunday Service was held outside under a tent. The children shared the songs that they learned at Bible School. The church provided hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and table service. Those in attendance brought side dishes and desserts. Rachel and Rebekah Salyers led the children in games behind the church. Approximately 105 people attended on that beautiful sunny day.

On June 12, 2016, the United Methodist Women honored the fathers with an indoor picnic that followed the worship service. Jo Faye Wilson organized the picnic that was held in the church basement. The menu was: pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs with toppings, baked beans, potato chips, Chex Mix, lemonade, tea and water.

The Hopewell picnics have provided much Christian fellowship to the Hopewell Congregation.

Submitted by Ruth Eberts, church Historian

1986 Church Picnic at the Nolan & Betty Smith Farm

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1986 Trip to the Hocking Hills

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1987 Church Picnic at the Nolan & Betty Smith Farm

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