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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church member Tom Hopkins wants to try to bring young people together to hear the Christian message.
So his church, located in Todds Point, and WXLN-FM (93.3) are co-hosting the “Revelation Celebration for Christ” concert at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater on Saturday.
He said the first band would begin at 4 p.m., and the concert will conclude at approximately 8 p.m. WXLN has been advertising the event for about four weeks about three times a day.
“We felt like each one of us were little bitty guys, and we could benefit from each other,” Hopkins said. “We both have the same objective – the way I look at it, we’re David, and we’re going up against Goliath.”
Mount Pleasant Pastor Bill Taylor said he hopes that many youth of Shelby County and surrounding community will be encouraged to live their lives for Christ; and that through Christian music, the Good News will be heard.
“We are expecting in excess of five-hundred attendees at this event,” he said. “If we are successful, this could become a yearly event in an effort to reach the lost and encourage the teens of our communities to follow Christ.”
Said Hopkins: “I think music gets to kids when nothing else does.”
The bands scheduled to perform include Eden’s Way, Brim and Bone Prophet, all from Knoxville, Tenn. They are volunteering to perform at the concert, but Hopkins said they would be reimbursed for their gas and that donations would be accepted to compensate them as well.
“They’ve played lots of gigs and are experienced,” he said. “All the music is Christian, and all the music is original.”
Hopkins said the Christian bands range from 1980s rock, “current up-to-date music” and hard rock. “If you like rock and roll, we’ve got three types,” he said.
Organizers along with WXLN have been working on this event since November and are hoping their hard work will pay off making it an annual event.
The event originally started as a fundraiser for the church’s building fund but turned into a free concert event, Hopkins said. The concessions, prepared by church members, would serve to help raise funds.
“We are a little bitty church, he said. “Everyone but us seems to have a big building to do things in.”
Organizers sent out about 80 letters and about the same number of E-mails requesting donations and other help from neighboring churches, but Hopkins said no churches responded.
“I don’t care about what they [attendees] donate. That’s between them and the Lord,” he said.
“I thought the Lord laid this on my heart to do. If we’re successful, all three of the bands will want to come back.”
Hopkins said he hopes to have more bands and other genres of music including rappers at next year’s event.
“If people come, I don’t see any reason to not expand it,” he said.