Members of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Stake participated in the Philadelphia Interfaith Children's Festival and chose to share the idea of family home evening with the people of Philadelphia.
The Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia planned and organized the first Philadelphia Interfaith Children's Festival, which was held Sept. 25-26. Goals of the festival were to provide a fun-filled experience for children and youth of all ages, backgrounds, faiths and abilities. Council members wanted to touch the lives of children in such a way that they will have a greater understanding of the own faith tradition, and enhance understanding and respect for the faith traditions of others.
Attendees at the Philadelphia Interfaith Children's Festival were invited to experience family home evening firsthand with local members. There was an informational video on families, handouts with guidelines for holding family home evening, and demonstrations of several family activities focused on choosing the right. Children could go fishing for paper fish in a pond and answer questions about how to choose the right, take some time to color CTR shields, or make a CTR bracelet.
"Those who visited the exhibit seemed to have a good time. The children loved fishing in our paper fish pond. Parents appreciated the message about choosing the right," stated Lainie Dalby, stake public affairs director for the Philadelphia stake. "This is the first year the festival has taken place; we hope to continue our support of the festival next year. There is an important message here for the community of Philadelphia. We live in the City of Brotherly Love and the Interfaith Children's Festival creates an atmosphere where that love can grow in peace and understanding."