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St. John CME had a unique church mission Saturday – the entire church coordinated and presented an all-day gospel concert, “Praise in the Park,” at Maurice Roberts Park.
“This is the most beautiful day we could have asked for,” said Lisa Williams, one of the church members and helpers for the event. The unseasonably cool day with soft breezes made for a pleasant experience.
The event featured seven musical acts of different styles. St. John’s choir kicked off the music with Christian Fellowship Ministry’s choir following afterward. The line- up also included local singer Taiyah Elliot, Christian band Itza God Thing, Olathe-based Christian rapper Million Tracks, Excelsior Spring youth Christian band Project Faith and Smithville’s 9th Hour band.
Williams said the bands played for free “just be here to bless other people.” David Lin, lead singer of 9th Hour, brought his stage and members of the Ray County-based Christian band, Break the Fall, provided the sound system.
Later in the afternoon, a moment of prayer and praise was conducted by Rev. Wendell Edwards Jr. The overwhelming majority of the crowd were children, and they were entertained with a bounce house, children’s games, sno cones and a full concession stand. The church also offered a free clothes giveaway.
Now in its second year, Williams says St. John hopes to make Praise in the Park an annual community-wide event.
– JoEllen Black/Richmond News