Participants in the upcoming Baptist Youth For Christ Revival will challenge their gaming skills, enjoy “tailgate food” and high-energy contemporary Christian music while having a chance at winning tickets to watch the Reds, Bengals or UK’s football team in action.
“The theme is ‘Get In The Game,’ so we wanted to do something that was kind of a big deal on the final night,” said David Cordial, associate pastor at Fairview Baptist Church, while discussing the plan to award two tickets to see the Reds play, or Bengals vs. the Titans, as well as a pre-season basketball game with the University of Kentucky facing off against Alabama State.
“They’re pretty good seats for the Kentucky-Alabama State game. Of course, it’s Alabama State and not Alabama, but it should be a pretty good game,” Cordial said.
Organizers anticipate “a couple of hundred youth and adults each night,” for the revival which gets under way Wednesday evening at the Greenup Baptist Association Conference Center at 12127 Midland Trail Road in Cannonsburg and continues through Saturday. Cordial said area churches are encouraged to bring tailgate-style foods, including hot dogs, chips and condiments, to help with Wednesday’s kickoff.
“We will have grills set up outside and they can get their hot dogs and come on inside. They don’t have to eat outside,” Cordial said with a chuckle, noting the recent weather shift that has made outdoor dining a more realistic option. Cordial said church groups that wish to bring food are encouraged to bring “as much as people want to bring,” he said, adding the youth crowd tends to be a hungry bunch. “I’m sure it won’t be wasted.”
Entertainment each evening will be provided by members of the Jason Lovins Band, which Cordial said is a proven favorite for youth-oriented activities including mission camps and youth retreats, as well as programs for young people at Fairview Baptist.
“The kids love him. He’s high energy and a lot of their songs are too,” Cordial said of Lovins, an Ashland resident who formed his band with fellow students at Morehead State University. He is a very energetic person.”
The guest speaker for the revival will be Pastor Grant Cannoy, an Ashland native who founded Living Water Church in Mt. Sterling.
“He is a Fairview graduate ... he graduated in ’93, I believe,” Cordial said, explaining Cannoy initially formed a storefront church in Mt. Sterling, which has since grown into a major worship center with two services each Sunday attracting more than 500 people per gathering.
Thursday’s revival activities will include ice cream after the service, Cordial said, and Friday’s schedule includes a tournament for the NCAA Football 14 game on the XBOX 360 platform. The winner of the tournament, which is open to all ages, will receive a copy of the video game.
“For those ladies who are not into football, we will be having a mani-pedi station,” Cordial said.
Saturday’s finale will feature awarding of game tickets for two to see the Reds, Bengals or Wildcats, Cordial said.
“Each night that you attend you can enter your name into the drawing for the tickets on Saturday night. You may only enter your name one time per night,” he explained. For more information, call Cordial (606) 922-2441.
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