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Published:Sunday | December 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Patrons who turned out for the Transformed Life Church's Family Night Out engage in a game of dominoes. - Contributed

Friends, family and food combined to ensure that persons who turned out for the Transformed Life Church's recent 'Family Night Out' were not disappointed.

The two-year-old event, held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew recently, was a one-of-a-kind family event which inspired and gave confirmation that friends, family and food are important for fellowship and Christian lives.

Patrons were treated to an evening of games which included dominoes, ludo; and competitions such as 'brain freeze', 'chilli' eating, and of course scavenger hunt for the thrill seekers.

For the movie lovers Eagle Eye was on show while lines of guests waited for the complimentary services provided by Spa Aesthetique. Persons also saw fashion pieces from Drena Luna designs while 'tweens' (children 13 years old and younger) strutted in clothing from their personal collection. Entertainment was provided by violinist Abigail Lloyd, poet Matthew Boyd, singer and songwriter Yani, and gospel artiste Omari.

Impressed with proceedings

Among those who enjoyed themselves was Kerry-Ann Mitchell, who said she was impressed with the evening's proceedings as it catered to everyone.

"It was not one thing that stood out for me, it was number of things. I was very pleased with the variety of activities and food items that were available. There was something there for every age group.

"The event created an environment for fellowship and fun. My daughter came and she enjoyed herself thoroughly and I also enjoyed my evening," declared Mitchell.

"The prayer tent was a big hit for me as well. Even in the midst of having fun, if somehow you came from work and was not in the best mood you could have someone pray for you, and for me that was awesome. I believe persons got their money's worth and overall it was a great night," Mitchell told The Sunday Gleaner.

Toni O'Conner, another patron, found the night relaxing. She said the event provided an opportunity for persons to have clean fun.

"It was a peaceful evening, time well spent having good fellowship with friends and enjoying some good entertainment that had me laughing," she said.

In making reference to the book of Acts in the Bible, pastor of the church, Dwight Fletcher, told The Sunday Gleaner that fellowship is a God-given mandate. He pointed out that it is imperative the people of God build on the traditions of the early church, and added that he anticipates great things going forward.

"When we decided to start the church, our research showed that a lot of people were crying out for fellowship. Even with the emergence of social media, people were very lonely and needed an environment to interact with good people, and that is the overall thrust for Family Night Out," said Fletcher.

"I was pleased with how the night turned out and I believe people were richly blessed and enjoyed an evening of clean fun. It is definitely a priority event for us, because the Bible speaks highly of fellowship, and walking in the will of God is a big thing for us as a church."