Another kind of party
‘Midnight Musical’ draws 170 young people to church on a Friday night
April 9, 2013
What kind of party can bring together more than 170 people singing God’s praises on a Friday night?
The “Midnight Musical” hosted by Saint James Presbyterian Church here on April 5 welcomed students, young adults and people who are young at heart.
The energizing worship experience featured 11 Christian artists, including rappers, mimes, spoken word artists, singers, praise team groups and liturgical dancers. Doors opened at 11:30 p.m. and the crowd boogied until the wee hours of the morning.
“Music is one vital aspect to the worship experience. Being open to various music genres that reach multiple generations is essential to congregations who desire to welcome the next generation of believers,” said the Rev. Diane Givens Moffett, pastor at Saint James.
Music groups from as far away as Durham, N.C. led praise songs to an audience that included students from several area colleges.
“Studies on young adults and church indicate that some young adults have ‘quit’ church,” the Rev. Eustacia Marshall, campus minister at Saint James commented. “This Midnight Musical gives us opportunity to see that many young adults are very inspired to worship God. One of the keys to reaching this generation is being open to creative expressions of faith.”
St. James Church’s campus ministry hosts a creative worship service, “First Friday Fire” at 7 p.m. each month during the school year.
For more information about St. James Presbyterian Church and its ministries, visit www.stjamespresby.org or call (336) 273-6658.