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At Rising Hope Canton, we love to have
fun! Community and fellowship is very
important to us and we believe that one of
the best ways to build a strong community
is to offer a variety of opportunities for
fellowship. This past year we were
privileged to partner with numerous people
and agencies throughout the
Canton community in an effort to better the
community in which we serve.
We do community clean up's and food
drives with Canton City Council Members and various
other agencies, events like Tatts for Toys where a local tattoo parlor gives free tattoos to people who donated a $40 or $60 toy, and partner with the Domestic Violence Project to do domestic violence awareness walks. We are blessed to help the community along side the amazing people at the J. Babe Stearn Center. We were recently voted Canton City Schools Difference Maker where we had a write up about our partnership with McGregor Elementary School highlighted in the Canton Repository.
One of the favorite events that we look forward to every year is a game night. On this night, we spend time together as a community sharing food, games and lots of laughs. From Clue to Trivia Pursuit to Euchre, if you love games then this night is for you! Finally, once a month, our bookstore - The Next Chapter - is smack dab in the middle of the action for Canton's Arts in Stark First Fridays. We love that this space allows us to both meet new people and re-connect with old friends. If you're ever downtown on a First Friday, stop in and see us!
Alas, our time at the bookstore has come to an end. From one of our first customers three years ago known as “Dune” who stops in every First Friday to say hello, to a recent mother who came in with her daughter to sit and read Highlights by the fire, we have loved each and every conversation.
For us the bookstore was always about people, our interactions with others, and supporting the city that we love. We started the bookstore with the intention of not only providing good literature to the community, but to also encourage peace, love, forgiveness, and kindness in the city. It was simple: we had this crazy idea to be the hands and feet of Jesus and it is our hope that we accomplished that for at least one person who walked through our doors over the last three years.
For us, it wasn’t about money, it was about people. It was about our community. It was about serving. Please don’t think of this as goodbye, just think of this as “until next time.” Even without our bookstore we will still be around, so feel free to say hello and take the time to sit and chat for a few.