‘Youth Explosion’ to stress anti-bullying

By Kathy Chaffin - kchaffin@civitasmedia.com

St. Home Missionary Baptist Church will hold a “Youth Explosion” event Sunday in Elkin Municipal Park from 3 to 7 p.m.

Among the planned activities are mime performances by WOW (Warriors of Worship), the church’s youth group. Other performances by area churches will include singing and dancing. Wesley Chapel and Piney Grove youth groups are among those scheduled to perform.

In the event of rain, Beverly Hayes, who is helping to promote the event with her sister, Joanie, said the church has reserved shelters for event participants.

Pastor Alan Parsons of Abstract Church will be speaking to students and their parents on the topic of bullying along with school officials from the Wilkes County Schools, St. Home Missionary Pastor Alvin Hayes and Youth Leader Danielle Propst.

Joanie Hayes said she also has talked with educators from the Elkin City Schools about participating in the discussion. Literature on bullying and how to prevent it will be distributed at the event.

Hayes said she hopes the “Youth Explosion” event will help stop bullying by identifying what parents and students can do to discourage it. “We wanted to make this an awareness type program,” she said. “There will also be other speakers who will be giving encouragement to the kids.”

St. Home Missionary Church holds programs every fifth Sunday for youth groups. “We’ve been having functions in the park for several years,” Hayes said.

Parsons’ Abstract Church also has held events in the Elkin Municipal Park. “I think it’s something in the area that’s growing,” she said.

In addition to discussions about bullying and speakers offering encouraging words to youths, Hayes said Sunday’s event will include a bouncy house for the smaller children. She said students from as far away as Statesville and Virginia are expected to attend Youth Explosion.

Scheduled to have booths at the event are Kids Count Pediatrics, Shema’s Daycare and Midtown Barber Shop and the I Support my Community Foundation. Free bookbags and school supplies will also be available for families which need them.

Joanie Hayes said she will have a table there on behalf of Dudley Products, one of the sponsors of the event, with giveaways and door prizes. “We have a mentor program at Dudley Products through which we go out and speak to the kids in the Triad,” she said. “Our company has also given scholarships in the past to different schools.”

Beverly and Joanie Hayes said they have passed out fliers about the event in the Elkin and surrounding communities and talked with representatives of businesses in the area about participating. “We’re just trying to let them know how important it is to pull together for the kids,” Joanie Hayes said.

Hot dogs and snacks will be served. Joanie Hayes said St. Home Missionary members are planning for a minimum turnout of 300.

“We’re just looking forward to having as many people as possible come to enjoy the fun and hear the word,” she said. “We have great support from the community as far as making fliers. Others are donating money for the hot dogs and buns and food, so it’s a great community effort.”

Located at 340 Oak Grove Road, St. Home Missionary Baptist Church has around 80 members. For more information on the Youth Explosion, call Danielle Propst at 336-918-8086.

Kathy Chaffin may be reached at 336-258-4058.

By Kathy Chaffin


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