Cross the River rally upcoming

By Portia Williams

September 20, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

Temple Baptist Church will host the 4th annual Cross the River youth rally Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at at 4:30 p.m.

Aaron Hedges, Pastor of Student Ministries at Temple Baptist Church, said he is looking forward to the 2013 Cross the River youth rally.

Hedges said the theme for this year’s rally is, “Seeking the kingdom of God first, above all else.”

“We are just going to be encouraging our students in that regard. Jesus encouraged us that if we seek after God, and share his message with others then the other things would be provided for us,” Hedges said.

Hedges said the Cross the River youth rally has evolved into a statewide event.

“We invite churches and youth groups from all around the region to participate. This year we are actually cooperating in a effort to make this event statewide, it will be held at four different locations and we happen to be one of them. We still kept the name, “Cross the River,” and it is still pretty much all of the same.

He said the rally is going to held on the same night, during the same time frame as the three others in the northern part of the state.

According to Hedges, Andrew Hedges, Family Pastor at Morning Star Baptist of Kettering, Ohio will be the featured guest speaker.

The musical group that will perform is The Marty Ford Experience from the Chillicothe/Waverly area. Hedges said Marty Ford Experience is always enjoyable.

“They have been with us the last for the last two years and do a great job,” Hedges said.

According to Hedges, pre-registration can be done by 740-353-6869 or by visiting http://www.oarbcsaturate.com/#!southern/c1yf4 to receive the rate of $10/student.

Registration the day of the event is set to begin at Temple Baptist Church at 4:30 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door will be $12 per student which includes dinner and a T-shirt.

“The first 50 students from Portsmouth High School that purchase a ticket for Cross the River will receive a ticket to the Portsmouth/Minford football game that will take place after the rally Saturday,” Hedges said.

He said the Cross the River youth rally will conclude with the Swauger Valley youth group that will perform a series of dramatic skits and presentations.

“We are excited, it has been a great event the past few years. If we can do anything to provide a students in our community that has a positive, uplifting element to it, then we want to do that,” Hedges said.

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