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Building a strong community in Nolanville

Building a strong community in Nolanville

Sunday, Nolanville and surrounding residences came together under the sun and cool breeze to eat, play, and get to know their neighbors at the first time event held at the First United Methodist Church.

“We just had so much fun on National Night Out, getting to know the neighborhood. Some members live here and some don’t, so we decided we’d do it again and May Day provided the perfect day,” said Patricia Warden, event organizer and senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church.

The free community event had many lawn activities and games for children and their families, a bouncy house and a May Pole. Each family got to take home a plant as a symbol of fertilization in honor of May Day.

HEB provided the food, water donated by Lowe’s and Home Depot, and Christian band, At the Door from Oak Park Methodist Church in Temple played during the festivities.    

“We’ve had five new families that just moved here this week show up, so it’s a kind of a neat way for them to get to know the people and the kids to play. It’s a transient area, so people don’t really get to know each other because they’re so busy moving in and out,” said Warden.

One of the new Nolanville residents was Brooke Bennett, who moved to Nolanville the day of the event.  

“I think it’s a great town so far. Very family orientated. It’s quiet and peaceful,” said Bennett.   

Relationships between neighbors are the building blocks for a thriving and resilient community. Get to Know Your Neighbor provided a place for people to come together to create camaraderie and cohesion amongst residences.

“Unfortunately, neighbors don’t talk to each other. People don’t go outside and are scared of bothering each other. So I think this is a safe place for people to come and have fun and talk to each other,” said Amy Moore, of Belton, spouse of bassist, Paul in the band, At the Door.  

The Perry family of Nolanville were able to enjoy the festivities and meet people they never have before in the community.

“I think it has been very successful. The best part of the day so far is the bounce house for my kids. They love it. It’s been a great event. I finally got to meet the parents of my daughter’s friends,” said Julianne Perry.


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