Church works to change a generation

RIVERDALE — A Riverdale church is reaching out to Southern Crescent youth to offer inspiration, love and guidance.

Restoration Community Outreach Center is hosting its premiere annual Saints Fellowship Gospel Explosion. Restoration Community Outreach Center is located at at 6728 Georgia Highway 85 in Riverdale.

The Saints Fellowship Gospel Explosion is scheduled for Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., at Heaven Bound Church at 345 Scott Road in Riverdale.

“We are extending an invitation to the public to come and join us for our first annual Gospel Explosion and Youth Symposium,” said Senior Pastor Avary B. Kemp.

Kemp said the “Youth Symposium” is designed to mentor young people on how to use their gifts and talents for the church.

“As the prophet Elijah mentored the prophet Elisha, Elijah passed on a double portion of his anointing to Elisha,” Kemp explained. “Our goal is to impart the wisdom of the previous generation into the lives of the next generation. Therefore we will have a Youth Symposium of passing the mantle to the next generation. The aim of the symposium is to promote the discussion and exchange of experiences and information among church leaders and young people involved in the many facets of our church.”

Christians from various churches are scheduled to attend the event to exchange ideas and information.

“We are simply coming together for fellowship and to pass the experiences and knowledge from the older generation to the younger generation,” Kemp said. “We will be listening to the young people of the church, to hear what changes they would desire in the church today. We want to try to get more young people involved in the church. We hope to bridge the gap between our youth and church leadership as well as the older generation of the church.”

Some of the guest ministries scheduled for the Gospel Explosion and Youth Symposium include Bishop Paul Morton’s Church, Greater Saint Stephen’s Next Generation Crunk Praise Dancers; Living Faith Christian Church Praise Team and Dancers; New Macedonia Baptist Church Youth Department choir and praise dance team; Praising God Constantly, a Christian rap Group from St. Louis; Sheree Kemp and Voices of Praise and Emanuel Baptist Church Dance Ministry.

Some of the church leaders scheduled to be on hand for the event include Bishop Donald E. Battle of Divine Faith International Ministries and his youth department, Rev. G.T. Anderson of New Macedonia Baptist Church, Pastor Leon Stanley of Heaven Bound Church of God in Christ, All Nations Church of God In Christ (COGIC), Dr. John Coleman, Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Dorothy Kemp of Amite, La., El Shaddai Deliverance Ministry, and Dallas C. Wilson Jr., of the Center of Hope Ministries COGIC.