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‘Christ Regional Youth Encounter’ is Sunday

The 3rd Annual Together In Christ Regional Youth EnCounter will be on Sunday, September 21, at the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department in Water View. Gates open at 3 p.m. and admission is free.

The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association, the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, and Bluefield College.

Last year’s event brought over 500 youth and adults from all over the area and a larger turnout is expected this year, which will feature youth speaker Craig Tackett and worship band “The Jonathan Project.”

Over the past 16 years Tackett has shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people across the United States. His fun, energetic personality attracts people of all ages and allows him to effectively communicate God’s Word to today’s generation. He is humorous and captivating but, most importantly, he is Biblical and relevant.

Tackett travels all year and speaks and leads worship for camps, revivals, retreats and conferences. “His powerful presentation of God’s message is equally relevant for the churched and the non-churched,” said an event spokesperson.

Tackett also is a talented worship leader who strives to point people in the direction of God through music and prayer.

The passion of “The Jonathan Project” is to connect students to a loving God through worship music. “We are a group of people who desire to live out authentic worship, strive for quality musicianship, and love to be around students in order to point them toward the only one worthy of our worship,” said a band member.

Bluefield College will be giving away five $1,000 scholarships to the college, and also will give away an Ipod Touch to one youth attending this event.

Also featured will be “Judo for Jesus,” a martial arts ministry team  from Dunkirk Baptist Church in Southern Maryland.

Youths are invited to come early to enjoy games, inflatables, rock-climbing wall, “human bowling” and information booths.

This event is geared towards all youth and students but there also will be games and inflatables for younger children as well as a presentation by the “No Strings Attached” puppet ministry from Urbanna Baptist Church.

Food will be sold by the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department.

For more information, to request posters, or to RSVP with the size of a group attending, call Doug Davis at 804-513-9698 or email .

posted 09.18.2008

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