Praisin in the Park

We have made it through 2 nights of our community-wide Bible school. It’s been great working with several other churches to make it a reality. Jennifer and I have been involved with some of the planning, but we really are just handling some of the smaller responsibilities since we have been so busy lately. Our church band is leading worship each night so I have had a fun time hanging out with them. The theme is based on American Idol and it’s been fun comparing what society worships versus true worship. They’ve had real contestants and the kids get to vote someone off each night.

The first night was chaotic in a good sort of way. We had a lot of kids and plenty of volunteers, so the challenge was getting everyone in the right place. Somehow I ended up hosting and emceeing the thing which is a huge stretch for me. As a natural introvert, it’s tough to keep things moving from the stage. I think I have done alright, at least according to my kids, but it has been a little strange. I’m comfortable in front of teens or adults, but children scare me.

Tonight was definitely an experience the kids and workers won’t forget. We’re meeting outside under a metal grandstand and tonight we encountered a thunderstorm. First the rain and then the lightening. We managed to walk all the kids over to the gym of our local recreation center (while in the rain), and we managed to finish out the lesson, dramas, and skits inside. This just shows the importance of being flexible. Even with the rain, it is so important for anybody volunteering to make sure the kids have a good experience. I appreciate our volunteers and our local rec center so much for letting us come in and take over the gym for a few hours. They were awesome. Let’s pray for no rain the rest of the week.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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  1. Mike says:

    Go to the Praisin in the Park website to see some awesome pictures. I’ll try to add more as I receive them

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