Newton Christian Church is giving those interested in learning more about how to effectively lead worship or incorporating it into their daily life an opportunity to do so at Glorify, a worship forum scheduled for July 29 and 30.
"The idea stated with wanting to offer a way for us at Newton Christian Church to up our worship game," said Andrea Braker, who is helping to organize the event. "We thought if we were going to do this for ourselves, why wouldn't we offer it to the community?"
There will be sessions led by Ozark Christian College professor of worship Isaac Schade and worship experiences featuring Frontline, a band of students from the college.
"They will be providing us with the various teaching and trainings for the weekend," Braker said.
There will be discussions on how worship can be expressed outside of church services, along with specific worship training and networking for worship team members including instrumentalists, vocalists and audio/visual team members.
"Anyone, whether serving in a worship ministry or not, can learn to live a life of worship," Braker said.
The event is also giving the church a chance to open the doors of its new facility to area teenagers. It will host a youth rally called U*Nite from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 29.
For $5, middle school and high school students can participate in games (gaga ball, 9-square, basketball, flag football, video games, etc.), eat a hot dog dinner and win prizes such as fidget spinners and electronics.
Frontline will also perform at U*Nite.
"They're college students, they're full of energy," Braker said. "We thought while they're here, let's invite all the teens in the area. We're making them work really hard while they're here."
Youth minister Kendall Eden said he hopes the youth rally draws students, churchgoing or not, from all over Harvey County.
"We're hoping to do this every year and hold it at different churches," Eden said. "We just want them to have a good time and be encouraged before school starts."
Bringing youth together in this way can encourage them to connect with peers who can support them during the school year, Eden noted.
"We're talking about a generation that is probably the most neglected by adults, especially fathers, affected by drugs and alcohol, trying to find out who they are, being pressured to go into a career," Eden said. "They need to find their value in Jesus...when we can get that into a kid's heart, that changes their life and how they behave."
Frontline will also take part in Newton Community Church's services at 9:15 and 11 a.m. on July 30.
"It's kind of a two-fold weekend," Braker said. "Anyone is welcome to attend."
Newton Christian Church is located at 210 Southport Dr. Registration for Glorify is $20. For more information, visit https://www.newtonchristianchurch.com or call 316-283-5998.