An ‘Ole Fashioned Texan Party

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By: Gary Livingston

The majority of today’s YGers weren't around at the beginning of Shindig fourteen years ago. And to be honest, a lot has changed! “Shindig began in a field on the back of someone’s property,” shares Ryan Gil, an original Shindig event planner. “We pulled up trucks and lit up the stage... A decade later, it’s truly amazing to see how much has changed and the excitement this event brings to Arlington and be- yond.” 

Every Shindig has been run by hundreds of volunteers who spend hours and even days cooking, planning, setting up, and hosting activities. In recent years, the team has grown to feature community organizations, country bands, and dance teams! We also partner with Revive Community Care to collect socks and canned goods for those in need. We encourage our guests to bring items to contribute to this ministry and each year, food and supplies for thousands are collected. In this way, we share Jesus with our community. 

Despite the changes over the years, the mission of Shindig has remained. Shindig bridges the gap between community and church in the best way we know how—a good ‘ole fashioned Texan party. This party has transformed from a back- yard gathering to a celebration for the entire community. I personally have been blessed by the friendships and memories made while hosting and participating at Shindig. We hope that Shindig’s welcoming atmosphere continues to enrich the lives of our community for many years to come.

True bonds are created when people do life together outside of church. Playing sports, serving the community, or eating meals together are just a few ways we deepen these bonds on a weekly basis. But once a year, we take fellowship to the next level with our community-oriented fall festival called Shindig. Picture inflatable bounce houses, a petting zoo, face painting, and even delicious complimentary beef brisket—Shindig has something for everyone in the family.