Shady Grove United Methodist hosts Access-Life Fall Festival

Shady Grove United Methodist Church(UMC) hosted the Access-Life Outpost Fall Festival for caregivers and special family memebers on Saturday, September 18.

With weather being a question, festivities were moved inside the fellowship hall. The first Access-Life Expo – once called Fishing with Friends – was started 12 years ago by Dandridge native Doug Goddard. He asked Shady Grove UMC if they would consider having an East Tennessee Access-Life Outpost in the fall. Last weekend’s event marked the tenth year of the festival. Coordinator and Missions Director Helen McClaren recounted,” I have a special place in my heart for people with disabilities and I love serving them and seeing the smiles on their faces.” This year a new person will take over the Fall Festival making sure it will keep on going. New Coordinator for Shady Grove UMC Karen Stryker said,“ As hosting my first Access-Life event, I was so fulfilled by the love and support of the community participation.” Volunteer Grace Williamson (right) plays a round of checkers with Gene Palmer. – STEVEN LLOYD | THE STANDARD BANNER

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