Young Adults “Re­vived” Through Area Gath­er­ing

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS - By AU­TUMN NEAL Leader Cor­re­spon­dent

A cu­mu­la­tive 40 young adults made an ap­pear­ance at the Re­vive wor­ship night, hosted on Satur­day even­ing, July 21.

The event started at 3 p.m. with around 25 vis­i­tors, with a bit of karaoke, a pool to swim in, and a vol­ley­ball com­pe­ti­tion to go head to head in. By 6 p.m., more young adults rolled in just in time for a con­clu­sion to the em­ceed vol­ley­ball event, and with ham­burg­ers be­ing served from the grill.

James Fewell, the co­or­di­na­tor of the event, was a bit wor­ried in the begin­ning with the lower turnout but by the end “we had just hit our goal of forty peo­ple through­out the day ... and we gained about ten to twelve peo­ple that I didn’t know were com­ing.”

Re­vive had been pro­moted mainly through­out so­cial me­dia and word-of-mouth, and it’s Fewell’s hope that this will sim­ply be a kick­off to plenty more nights just like this, though with a later start­ing time and more ca­sual “hang­out” at­mos­phere.

“I think we set out to help the Chris­tian com­mu­nity grow closer and want to meet un­der wor­ship, so that was good ... and in the end, every­body just flat out loved it. Every­body just came up to me and was like ‘This is what I needed,’” Fewell re­ported.

As the even­ing pro­gressed, and the young adults – from high school to col­lege – be­gan ask­ing what time the wor­ship would be­gin, event at­tendee Jonathan Bates ex­pressed “Hey, this whole day has been wor­ship.”

The time be­fore the group sang was cen­tered around fel­low­ship, whether that be play­ing vol­ley­ball, catch­ing up with friends, or shar­ing their sto­ries.

Fewell shared that while he was go­ing around and talk­ing to peo­ple, he saw some hurt and strug­gles, and en­cour­aged them with the hope that “what we do tonight is gonna fix that” in the spirit of com­mu­nity wor­ship and sur­ren­der.

Around 8 p.m., the crowd gath­ered to sing to­gether.

“That wor­ship set was prob­a­bly the best I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced in Oak­dale. Noth­ing to do with mu­si­cal ca­pa­bil­ity; the ex­pe­ri­ence that I had and just get­ting to look at ev­ery­one wor­ship­ping God,” he said. “There were kids I’ve known since they were twelve years old, and peo­ple I’ve grown up with to now.”

Al­to­gether, both Fewell and event-go­ers agreed that the night ac­com­plished what it set out to do – to unify the young adult Chris­tian com­mu­nity, and to get them ex­cited to do some­thing like this again with their new­found sup­port sys­tem.

AU­TUMN NEAL/THE LEADER

Young adults gath­ered to­gether for an even­ing of wor­ship that lasted just over an hour and a half. James Fewell shared that he saw and heard about break­throughs within the crowd, and ex­pressed that there’s def­i­nitely po­ten­tial for more nights of...

AU­TUMN NEAL/THE LEADER

Be­fore din­ner and wor­ship, Re­vive at­ten­dees got the chance to be part of a 2-on-2 vol­ley­ball tournament, with Josh Fewell em­cee­ing the com­pe­ti­tion with both play-by­plays and ab­stract hu­mor.

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