BEND AREA — Churches throughout the Bend Area have joined to host an “End of Summer Weekend Celebration” for high school and college students this weekend.
Organized by Pastor Donnie Dye of Fairview Bible Church, the events will begin Friday evening with an Outdoor Movie Night.
“God’s Not Dead” will be the movie shown on the banks of the Ohio River, on land owned by William and Jane Bird in New Haven. The free movie will begin at dark.
Prior to the movie, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Noah Searls will be speaking to the youth. Hot dogs, drinks and homemade desserts will be served.
Signs will be placed in New Haven to lead the way to the event on Layne Street. According to Joyce Dye, Pastor Dye’s wife, if it is raining or extremely wet from an earlier rain, the movie night will be held at the New Haven Community Building.
On Saturday evening, the youth are invited to the Night of Worship, or “N.O.W.” concert, on the grounds of Soul Harvest Church, 500 Adamsville Road in Mason. Set to begin at 6 p.m., the Soul Harvest Band will take the outdoor stage, next to Dollar General Store, for a concert.
Ryan Hill, youth leader at Soul Harvest, said along with the concert, there will be games, as well as free hamburgers and hot dogs. Chris Wallis will be the guest speaker.
In the event of rain Saturday, the event will be inside Soul Harvest Church. Even though the event is geared for the youth, all ages are invited to attend the N.O.W. service.
The weekend will end with a special youth service Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the Fairview Bible Church, located in the area known as Gibbstown, near Letart. Guest speaker for the service will be Joey Cunningham.
Those attending the Friday and Saturday outdoor events are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.
In addition to those hosting events, Joyce Dye said many other churches are participating in the weekend by providing food and other items.
“Everyone was really receptive when Donnie approached them with the idea,” said the pastor’s wife. “We just want to emphasize that it is a community thing, and not a one-church thing.”
For more information, check the Fairview Bible Church Facebook page or call 740-416-1872.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.