Dwayne Norman, pastor of New Prospect Baptist Church, said his church has been helping with relief efforts in Cordova since a tornado hit the city on April 27, but he felt like something bigger needed to be done for the Memorial Day holiday.
"We've been wanting to do a big block party for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity," he said.
The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cordova Freewill Baptist Church.
"We've worked with the Freewill Baptist Church a good bit during the aftermath of the storms, and they were excited when I brought up the idea," Norman said.
Norman said priority No. 1 is to feed people.
"We are going to have a huge fish fry, plus we'll be making hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill," he said. "We want to give the folks of Cordova a blessing. We want them to have a great Memorial Day with great food and a lot of fun."
Cornerstone Assembly of God is teaming with New Prospect Baptist to sponsor the event, and Norman said Cornerstone would be providing entertainment for children via inflatables, face painting and plenty of games. The two churches are lending talent for the event, including bands and drama teams, which will perform on a stage that will be set up in the parking lot of the Cordova church. Door prizes, including several gift certificates from Walker County merchants, will also be given away during the event.
"I'm so pleased that we can all come together to put on this block party," Norman added. "We have different denominations coming together to encourage and support the people of Cordova, and that is a great thing."