Gulfport-based Grace Ministries and Christian Love Church of the Living God are working to help Coast youth come closer to God.
To that end, the Grace Ministries pastor, Michael Moore, and his wife, Cheryl Moore, who is an overseer, have joined with Christian Love Church of the Living God in Moss Point and Overseer D.A. Graham.
"In today's church, children don't always have a place," Michael Moore said. "This event is focused on turning them toward the Lord. Read Mark 10:13-16 and you will see the Lord's love for children."
Grace Ministries connected with Christian Love Church of the Living God back in 2011.
Christian Love Church began in 1979 and first met at a Masonic temple hall in Pascagoula. They soon after moved to an old church building called Johnson Temple until 1982 when they set up a sanctuary at their current location on Chilli Street.
The first ever Youth Explosion is set for July 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moss Point Riverfront on Denny Street. Grace Ministries Youth Coordinator Latiesha Olive is searching for talented bands, singers, poets and dramatic actors who would like to perform during the event. Face painting, bounce houses, piñatas, sack races and more will be available for all who attend. Entry is free and vendor applications will be accepted through July 11 by contacting 249-1280 or at email@example.com.
CLCLG Youth Coordinator Zola Shelby also is planning festivities for the July 4 holiday. A musical concert sponsored by the youth department of CLCLG and presented by Doresha Smith and Keith Brumfield will be held at the church tonight at 6.
Currently, Graham is delivering sermons from the book of Matthew each week. Michael Moore and his wife hold services in their home located at 2219 Switzer Road every Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. You may contact Grace Ministries at 261-3021 or 731-3431.