The Carnival

Over the years, the annual fall carnival at Highland Oaks has become our largest event of the year. It began many years ago as a way to bless primarily the families of Highland Oaks, and has turned into a community wide event, drawing more than 10,000 people to the Dallas campus each year. Three dollars gets you in (kids under 5 are free). Once you’re in, you can eat, drink, and ride all you want for free.

It’s a great community outreach event. But, it’s the relational side of the carnival that makes it especially worth doing. Hundreds of volunteers grow together by serving together. We mobilize more people to serve for this event than any other…by far. Everyone who is a part of HOCC served…the deaf, Spanish-only speakers, sisters and brother from the new Plano campus, children, Seniors, teens…it was an awesome thing to behold.

We also  become better acquainted with our community by extending a hand of friendship toward them. We also allow a day of fun for families who couldn’t afford to do another way. One family of five I talked to spent six dollars total for a day to grow a little closer as a family and have some fun. I could go on and on…but it was just a great day. God be praised.

I’ll post some pictures as they are developed.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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