BRADENTON -- A Bradenton resident who left in 1977 has come back to the city to spread the good news at a new church.
Reginald Goff, site pastor for Redeeming Word Christian Center, hosted a free community event Saturday afternoon.
"It's a way for us to introduce ourselves to our community," said Goff.
The event had free food, games, face painting and prize drawings with up to $1,000 in cash prizes.
Goff said giving to the community is at the foundation of his ministry.
"As members of Christ we should be givers," said Goff. "We want them to know that we love and care about them."
"This will be our first family fun day, but it won't be our last," he said.
More than 200 people showed up to the free event, which took place at Manatee Charter School, 4550 30th St. E.
Goff said the church will host services at the charter school until they acquire their own building.
The church's inaugural worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. today.
"We want people to know that we are all responsible for each other; I'm talking about black, white, rich or poor," Goff said.