Christian fun and fellowship will be the highlight of the Joshua Generation Youth Department of Solid Rock Church of the Nazarene first Holy Hoops Basketball Jamboree beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.
Minister Keith Evans, Solid Rock Church of the Nazarene Youth Pastor expressed his excitement with hosting the event, which is open to the entire Grand Bahama community and will feature various competitions, delicious grilled food, ice-cold beverages and great gospel music by Dove 103.7 FM radio personality and disc jockey Jeanno ‘DJ G-YO’ Jean-Simon.
“We are going to engage young people throughout the community in a time of fun and games, which will demonstrate that Christianity is a joy.
“There will be several competitions inclusive of a four-on-four, three-on-three and three-point shoot-out contest with the East versus the West.
“Bouncing castles, face painting, sack races and much more will be available for the children and young people in attendance; 11 churches will be participating in the activities vying to see which youth group has the best ball players.
“The top three teams in each competition category will receive medals as well as the Most Valuable Player will have bragging rights for one-year.
“The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard will be giving his full support to the Holy Hoops Basketball Jamboree and although he will be unable to attend the event due to a prior commitment, he has promised to have representatives from his department engage the kids and those from throughout the community in attendance.
“Definitely this is going to be an exciting, lively and fun-filled event, which will kick start many other outreach activities of the Joshua Generation Youth Department,” Evans said.
Unlike a traditional outreach/street meeting, Evans noted that the Holy Hoops Basketball Jamboree has been divinely and strategically designed to give young people an opportunity to enjoy clean, wholesome activities in a safe, Christian environment.
He stated that far too often the complaint is made that there is nothing on the island to do, especially for Christian believers, outside of the four walls of the church and the traditional worship service but he begs to differ, thanks to the phenomenal support of Solid Rock Church of the Nazarene senior pastor Rev. Dr. Leslie Philips, who notes there is joy unlimited in Christ Jesus and the event is just one of many ways to showcase this truth.
According to Evans, “God admonishes His disciples to be good fishers of men and definitely the Holy Hoops Basketball Jamboree is a great way to engage the youth of the community, bringing them into the fold and helping them to understand and witness for themselves that Christianity is not at all boring but they will find joy unspeakable in serving Jesus.
“Again more than 11 churches have signed up to be a part of Holy Hoops, inclusive of Faith Church of the Nazarene, St. Cleveland Baptist Church, Calvary Temple Assemblies of God, Hawksbill Church of God, Bethel Deliverance Center, Central Church of God, Abundant Life Assemblies of God, First Holiness Church and Living Waters Assemblies of God.
“The youth pastors are excited, the youth themselves are bursting with excitement and already many who have been a bit delinquent in attending church regularly have already begun increasing their attendance, inviting friends and have displayed new excitement.
“Undoubtedly, God has led me to put forth this event and I truly am enthused by the outpouring of support we have already begun to receive; truly I expect it to be a blessing, lives and hearts will be changed for the glory of God and I am grateful to all the churches and youth pastors and ministries that will be partnering with us.”
Once again inviting all to come out and enjoy themselves at the Holy Hoops Basketball Jamboree, Evans encouraged all to showcase just how much game they have and enjoy fellowship with believers who know how to have fun in Christ Jesus.