Christ Restoration Ministries is inviting local residents to attend its Annual Church Picnic for fun, food, and giveaways.

Laurel, MD — Summertime is for breaking out the grills, enjoying time with friends and family, and making great memories.

With an ongoing pandemic, rising gas prices, and deadly mass shootings, churches are taking bolder steps to return fellowship to the community by actively engaging with local residents.

This is why Christ Restoration Ministries International — a non-profit church called to change lives through empowerment and education –is inviting area residents to attend its Annual Church Picnic.

The free event – which takes place on Saturday, July 16 at High Ridge Park — will bring together people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds for a time of celebration and fun.

“July is our month of Harvest, and despite everything that is going on in our country and the world, we want to remind the community that there is still much to celebrate and be thankful for,” said Bishop George Agbonson, president of Christ Restoration Ministries. “This annual picnic is a tradition in our church and is a good reminder for us all to take a step back and enjoy what God has blessed us with.”

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., individuals, friends, and families can come to the park and enjoy all of the BBQ favorites like hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, corn on the cob, a variety of fruits and vegetables, ice cream, and other tasty treats.

They can also enjoy delicious Nigerian dishes such as:

·       Suya (grilled meat seasoned with African spices)

·       Jollof rice and fried rice

·       Plantain

·       Grilled tilapia

Also, there will be plenty of activities for children and adults, good music, and free prizes for everyone to take home and enjoy.

“We understand that not everyone can go to church on Sunday, so we wanted to bring the church to them,” said Pastor Wendy Agbonson. “Our annual picnic is just one of the many ways that we get involved with our community, and I am excited as we continue to do more outreach.”

In addition to the annual picnic, the church has a food pantry open to the public to collect free food items during the week. The church also hosts monthly, prophetic crusades and annual conventions that feature national and international guest speakers and performers.

The international church provides Christian counseling to help build and restore relationships and also teaches those who want to become counselors through its accredited university — Christ Restoration University.

“This will be a fantastic time for everyone, especially the children,” said Pastor Agbonson.

For more information about Christ Restoration Ministries, visit

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