The community will host Tidal Impact, a youth ministry event that’s being held through the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches.
“It’s a massive youth event,” said Pastor Terry Brewer of Milton Baptist Church.
This year’s event will be happening from Halifax to Liverpool, with young people heading to various communities.
“The idea is that local churches participate,” said Brewer.
Brewer says almost 1,000 young people will be participating in Tidal Impact. While here, the youth will be taking part in various ministries, including a Vacation Bible School, summer camps and ministries with seniors. In the afternoon, they’ll be doing local ministries, adds Brewer.
Pastor Fred Carr, from Highway Pentecostal Assembly, will have a team that is going to do a ministry with seniors.
“Singing songs, skits, drama,” Carr said, describing what a ministry with seniors might look like.
While the group is here, people in the community will help by billeting the young people. Carr and Brewer are also billeting teams.
One of the projects that will happen when the teams are in Queens County is a clean up of Carters Beach.
“We went to the municipality and asked if there was a project we could do with these youth,” said Carr.
The Region of Queens Municipality is supplying garbage bags and gloves and has arranged to pick up the garbage, said Pastor Carr.
In addition to the beach clean up, teams will also be doing a food drive. The pastors contacted Charlotte White, an active volunteer at the food bank.
“During the summer, their (the food bank’s) donations are down a bit,” said Carr. “This will help them.”
People can also drop off food bank donations at Queens Place Emera Centre.
Carr said an event like Tidal Impact helps build teens’ confidence and is good for the community.
Tidal Impact happens every two or three years. It’s been in the Halifax region three times, but this is the first time the event has come as far as Liverpool.
“It’s good to serve, to volunteer, to give, and I think it’s good for the teens too,” said Pastor Carr about why youth ministries are important.
There are approximately 50 churches, of all denominations, involved. Tidal Impact is scheduled to start July 22 and end July 29.
For more information about Tidal Impact, visit www.cbacyf.ca/tidalimpact/.
Tidal Impact Week
Here are some of the activities the young people will participate in while in Queens County. Some events are open to the public.
The Case for Christ
The film is free and anyone can attend. It’s playing at the Astor Theatre at 7 p.m. The concession stand will be open, and there will be a charge for snacks.
Participants will be collecting for Liverpool’s food bank from 6 to 8 p.m.
Participants will be doing a cleanup at Carters Beach in the afternoon.