At Sonrise, we love hosting events that give our members a chance to grow in their relationships with one another, invite friends to meet the wonderful members of Sonrise, and have fun! Over the years we have organized many events, from tea parties to cooking demonstration luncheons to retreats to BBQ’s to beach play dates. While some events change from year to year, the following are our regularly scheduled all-church events and activities.
On the last Sunday of each month, Sonrise hosts an Almost Free Lunch after the service in the Community Room. Visitors and congregation members are welcome to attend and enjoy spending time getting to know one another over a delicious lunch. (It’s “almost free” because you have to listen to one of Darrin’s teachings before lunch!)
All-church events are planned at Sonrise on a quarterly basis. These include the Spring Picnic, Fiesta de Gracias, Fall Festival and Christmas Party. On the last Sunday of April, we take our Almost Free Lunch to the park and have a big Spring Picnic. This event includes a BBQ, lawn games for kids and adults, a pick-up basketball game, and lots of relaxing, talking and napping in the sun. It’s a great time for all ages!
On the last Sunday night of August, we host our annual Fiesta de Gracias event to thank everyone who has volunteered in a Sonrise ministry or at a community outreach event over the previous year. The event is usually hosted at a Mexican restaurant, with fiesta decorations, games, pictures, raffles and gifts for all. It’s always a joyous night.
Each autumn, Sonrise celebrates the Fall Festival. Following the service, visitors and congregation members enjoy a delicious lunch in the festively decorated Community Room, complete with seasonal desserts and drinks. The kids and adults can enjoy fall-themed activities such as a pumpkin or caramel apple decorating contest, face painting, a quilt-making table and crafts. Goody bags are also given to the children.
One of the highlights of each year is our semi-formal Christmas Party. It’s one of the few times Sonrise members get dressed up! Participants enjoy an elegant dinner in a lovely private room at a nice restaurant on the marina. The event includes an icebreaker activity and pictures as well. It’s a great way to celebrate our past year together.