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Red Door Festival returns Saturday
Event supports church ministries
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If you’re going

* What: Red Door Festival

* When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

* Where: Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 724 Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming

CUMMING— The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit will hold its annual Red Door Festival on Saturday, an effort that supports its ministries but also engages the community.

Among the beneficiaries of the event at the church on Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming are Backpacks of Love, The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program and a local pantry.

“In particular, we have a monthly pantry in which we give out nonfood items for people in need, things that they can't buy with food stamps, so things like diapers and detergent and so forth,” said the Rev. Keith Oglesby.

The church, which features a pair of distinctive bright red doors, is also using the festival to welcome the local community.

“We're drawing the circle wider in the community, opening our red doors, asking all the members of the community to come in and support, because one of our biggest missions is really giving back to the community,” said Shannon Darke, one of the church’s vestry members.

The festival, which is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include an assortment of attractions, including barbeque, music, local vendors and a kids’ corner.

“We'll have vendors there with all different types of items, things like jewelry, fabrics, different containers, pottery and all sorts of things like that,” Darke said. “There'll be a kids' corner, so that'll be like an obstacle course, a jumpy house type of thing.”

One of the most unique aspects of the festival is a British car show.

“There will be things like Jaguars, and MGs and Triumphs and so forth will be parked out on the grounds, and people who come to the festival can walk along and look at them,” Darke said. “There'll even be a … contest where you can vote on your favorite cars.”

The festival will also feature raffles for multiple big-ticket items including gift cards and golf clubs, and a “Red Elephant sale.”

“[It] will be lots of fun and you can get great items there” Darke said. “The red elephant sell is gently used items that are sold [to] the public. It can be anything from furniture to appliances to books. It's always one of the favorite attractions of the Red Door Festival.”

The church is a part of the Anglican Communion and has been in Forsyth County for nearly 40 years. It offers a preschool, youth groups, outreach opportunities and several services throughout the week.

“We're very open to all different types of people. We have a lot of opportunities for all people,” Oglesby said. “It's a real strong community.

“Our mission statement is, 'A community of faith seeking to serve and love in the spirit of Jesus Christ.' So we try to live into our mission statement.”