Youth rally will emphasis service

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By Susan Sharp

In just a few weeks the youth of Campbell County will come together for a weekend of work and worship.

DNow 2012 is being hosted by Indiana Avenue Baptist Church and sponsored by the Campbell County Youth Leader Alliance March 23 and 24.

“This is the biggest thing we have ever done. We have 12 churches coming together,” said Joey St. John, youth minister at the LaFollette Church of God.

On Friday night area youth in grades sixth through 12th will take part in a worship service where Christian Chapman will be the featured speaker. Chapman spoke at the Fields of Faith last year. “The kids loved him,” St. John said.

Following the service, the youth will return to their respective churches for the night.

Saturday morning they will again gather at Indiana Avenue Church for breakfast and another worship service. After that the youth groups will be pushed from their comfort zones. As they are sent out on service projects they will not go with their own group, according to Rhonda Wallace of Indiana Avenue Baptist Church. Instead the youth will be divided based on their desired project.

“The part I get most excited about is Saturday afternoon,” Wallace said. “I get excited to see the youth out working together.”

“We will be doing anything from planting flower beds to ministering to the elderly,” said LaFollette United Methodist Church Youth Minister Brian Miracle.

“These kids like working together. They don’t always get to see each other in a Christian atmosphere,” St. John said.

The idea behind the weekend is to instill the idea of discipleship in the youth.

“We want them to understand the importance of a relationship with God. It’s not just a one way street,” Miracle said.

As the event draws closer, St. John is clear that this would not be happening of the churches hadn’t made a joint effort to produce DNow.

“When people come together to do things it is so awesome. Everyone has their gifts and gets to use them,” he said.