Pneuma Ministries Hosts Easter Parade and Bed Stuy Festival for Families

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By Fern Gillespie
A special Easter parade and festival for children and families, sponsored by Pneuma Ministries International, swept through Bedford Stuyvesant on Saturday April 16.

With Brooklyn United Drum & Bugle Corps in the lead, the exciting Pneuma Ministries Easter Parade marched down Fulton Street and Howard to Fulton and Utica, where they were joined by New York Attorney General Leticia James. The parade ended at Restoration Plaza with a family festival for children ranging from infancy to 18 years old.

LR: Renee Gregory, President, Bedford Stuyvesant Brownstoners; Supreme Court Justice Robin Sheares; Dr. Minister Sharonnie Perry; Bishop Chantel Wright; MP Emeritus Annette Robinson and Brownstoner Marilyn Reid.

“I had been praying about this for 15 years,” said Bishop Chantel Wright, founder, pastor and acclaimed choir director of Pneuma Ministries International in Brooklyn. “I always wanted to be able to give children the opportunity to return to tradition. While everyone was getting ready to go to church, the children who weren’t faithful to the church really didn’t know what it was about. I wanted them to be able to have the experience of coming out of COVID and having something really fun to do.

At the Easter Festival, children were delighted with seven colorful tables filled with sweets, books and crafts. There was an inflatable playground, face painting and a choir. Special prizes offered included five new bikes for younger children and four $25 gift cards for older children.

In addition to James, other community leaders like Renee Gregory, Brownstoners President of Bedford Stuyvesant; Supreme Court Justice Robin Sheares; Dr. Minister Sharonnie Perry; Bishop Chantel Wright; MP Emeritus Annette Robinson, Basil Morgan of Pneuma Ministries and Brownstoner Marilyn Reid joined in the fun with the families.

“I wanted to tell the good news to the children. I told the children that salvation is free,” Bishop Wright said. “Everyone says no to them for so many things in their lives, but God’s arms are open with a big yes.”

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