Church youth members help needy

Published 10:47 am Tuesday, February 21, 2012

(L to R back row) Brian Steward, Madison Hughes, Tori Sprenkle, Clint Edmunds, Tanner Jackson, Daniel Ray and Ann Sellers. (L to R front row) Emily Ward, Lauren Carraway, Aaron Carraway, John Maples, Jackson Harrell and Bennett Enfinger.

By MOLLY DUETT
News Intern

Local youth group members from DiscipleNow helped gather canned goods from door to door to donate to the Salvation Army over the long weekend.

DiscipleNow is a youth group get-together held annually that involves youth from various Christian denominations. Many of the participants included people from Grace Church, First Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and other local churches. This year the DiscipleNow group included 375 youth participants and 75 adult coordinators.

The theme for this year’s DiscipleNow weekend was to “redefine normal,” according to Brian Steward, youth minister of First Baptist Church. Steward said that they hoped to encourage students to be different and to conduct outreach by teaching the gospel in the community hoping to help make a difference.

“It’s neat as a community to come together and represent the gospel with different denominations,” Steward said.

After gathering canned goods from homes in the area on Saturday, Feb. 18, DiscipleNow members arrived at the Salvation Army to help unload those canned goods Monday morning.

Other events that occurred during this year’s DiscipleNow weekend included a presentation with speaker David Rhodes and a performance by the Oswald Brothers Band. The parents of James David Eunice, a 17-year-old who died a year ago from an accidental drowning in Valdosta, Ga., also came to speak.