Pike County church plans free music fest this month

Published 11:00 pm Friday, April 5, 2013

Pike County music fans are in luck.

There will be country Christian groups, Gospel groups, bluegrass groups, choirs, quartets and two acclaimed singer-songwriters taking the stage at Springhill Baptist Church’s first Youth Showcase and Christian Music Fest this month.

SBC Youth Director Brian McLendon said he first got the idea for the showcase after attending a larger scale music event – AtlantaFest.

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“Just to see the fellowship between the kids there was amazing,” McLendon said.

Here in Pike County, McLendon knew it was important for local children to be showcased.

Youth groups from Pike County, Coffee County, Crenshaw County and others will perform songs, dramatic skits and there will even be a puppet show from First Baptist Church.

“It’s basically outreach for Pike County and surrounding counties,” McLendon said. “And the biggest aspect will be outreach for the kids who don’t know Christ.”

McLendon shared that he is also a softball and baseball coach for his own children’s teams, as well as being a detective with the Troy Police Department. Through all those avenues, he’s exposed to so many children who haven’t been taught about Jesus or God.

“You would be amazed at how many kids have never prayed before and that don’t know anything about God,” McLendon said. “That’s part of the reason this is so important. Christian music has gone so far to reach so many different types of people who love all sorts of music.”

Along with the youth talent, such as groups Beauty for Ashes and the Benton Brothers, two brothers from Georgia are also schedule to perform. Greg Day and Chuck Day who wrote “Midnight Cry” will be at the Showcase and Music Fest. Chuck Day was also ICM’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year.

“Everybody I’ve talked to said their youth group will be attending,” McLendon said. “The more people that we can bring in, the more we can spread the message to. There is always room for people to open their minds and their hearts and let God speak to them.”

The showcase is free to attend and will be held on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cattleman’s Park. There will also be food and door prizes at the event.

For more information, contact Springhill Baptist Church.