COSHOCTON – Bright “welcome” posters greeted attendees of the first youth rally at Roscoe United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 19. The event was held from 2 to 4 p.m. and included live music, games, friends and food.
The worship band from Malone College provided the music and other students from the college provided “getting to know you” games and fellowship. The icebreaker games had the crowd laughing as they tried to complete the tasks. At one point, everyone had a Bingo card they needed to complete to win the game. Instead of numbers, they had to find someone that fit the description in the box, such as someone born in April or someone who plays football.
After the games, the band took the stage again and the crowd was on its feet, singing and dancing. Susie Stout, youth director of RUMC, said the church decided to have the event as a fun afternoon for teenagers and a way to encourage fellowship among area teens. Each of the county schools has a Christian Athletes group and they hoped to tie into that idea.
The director of discipleship of the church, Cindy Fry, said they wanted to offer a fun day for teenagers with a Christian basis. Invitations were sent out to all of the churches in the district and she hoped that teens would find this a fun way to get to know each other. Fry also said she hopes to make this a yearly event and that it will continue to grow each year.
Several parents were in attendance. Elaine Ross, whose son Aaron was attending the event, said she felt this was a great opportunity for the kids to get together, have fun, and see how they can continue their worship of God when they are in college. Eight to 10 students traveled from Malone College, near Canton, to entertain the group.
After the music, everyone was treated to free pizza, donated by Amici’s in West Lafayette, and ice cream sundaes.