Bands sought for musical outreach

February 15, 2006|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Local bands are invited to provide the talent and Antrim Assembly of God Church will provide the space and the sound system for a musical outreach to area teens.

Worship leader Dan Vannoy said he hopes to fill the church's 300-seat sanctuary for the March 3 Friday Night Fire event. The adjacent fellowship hall, where refreshments will be served, seats 100. The event is planned to last from 7 p.m. "until we run out of talent," he said.

The nondenominational event is planned in conjunction with World Day of Prayer.

A planning meeting will be at the church Friday for youth group leaders, bands and anyone else interested in participating in the event.


"There are not a lot of Christian activities around here for kids to do," Vannoy said. He wants to "get kids together, have a place for them to go and invite their friends. Everyone likes music. It will be Christian rock. Adults can attend. Some old folks like me like that kind of music."

Friday Night Fire is not intended "to push religion on someone," Vannoy said. "It's not to steal members from other churches, but to be a vehicle for God to move in kids in the area. I feel sorry for kids today. Some don't have godly role models. Music is a nonthreatening way of letting people know there is a better way."

Two local bands, PS150 and Forgiven, have signed up to play. Another three or four are considering but are not finalized, Vannoy said, and more talent is needed to make the event a success. Youth praise bands are invited to participate, as is anyone who wants to read poetry, give a testimony or perform a Live Human Video, he said.

"It's open for any Christian-type activity," he said.

Vannoy said he came up with the idea for an event with live local bands when the church put on a benefit concert for a member who was in the hospital for months.

"We had four or five bands in here for a few days and they vibrated the walls of the church," he said. "I thought this would be great for a youth event."

With the support of the church's youth group and pastor, the Rev. Rodger D. Berkey, Vannoy sent out 265 letters to area youth groups to ask for their participation.

Vannoy said he hopes to have Friday Night Fire become an ongoing event.

"It's a lot to put together. We won't do it every week, but we plan to continue with something, maybe four times a year," he said.

If you go

What: Planning and information meeting for Friday Night Fire

When: Friday, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Antrim Assembly of God, 11192 Bemisderfer Road, Greencastle, Pa. Phone: 717-597-4886.

Directions: Take exit 5 off Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa. Go less than one mile east on Pa. 16, turn right on Bemisderfer Road. The church is on the left.

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