'ALIVE 2012' a night of worship, unity
by Will Heath
Jun 27, 2012 | 2874 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”

— Ephesians 2:4-5

In the strictest of terms, the sponsor of “ALIVE 2012” is CrossPoint Baptist, in Argo.

The reality, however, according to the church’s Minister of Worship and Media, Bryan Haskins, is that the event is “totally a God event.”

“It’s not about one church,” Haskins said. “It’s about people who love Jesus getting together to worship.”

The third edition of “ALIVE” is set for Homestead Hollow, in Springville, on July 1 from 4-9 p.m., with a gigantic fireworks show to end the night.

As much as anything, Haskins said they hope to reach anyone they can in the name of Christ.

“The overall goal is to have people who aren’t alive in Christ be made alive in Him,” he said. “The event is called ALIVE because we’re coming out of Ephesians 2:5. That’s the overall goal of it, and that’s the reason we’re so sincere about it.

“As Christians, our goal is to reach and save the lost. We can’t save them, but God can. Go out and find people so they can make that decision themselves.”

Haskins estimated that as many as 60 churches from around St. Clair County and the Birmingham area will participate in this year’s event. Performers include Latoya Haskins, Mark Dunn and Brad Ryan, as well as praise bands from Bethel Baptist in Moody and Clearbranch United Methodist Church. Pastors from the area are also scheduled to speak in between music sets.

“We want the event to reflect God and His goodness,” Haskins said. “Sometimes churches are driven by, ‘It’s about us,’ but this is not that type of event. Actually, the churches that have performed are still coming, and their churches are still thriving and growing.”

Tickets $5 in advance, and $7 the day of the event. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. However, coolers are prohibited.

Rides, games and inflatables are covered in the cost of admission. Hotdogs, hamburgers, Philly cheese steaks, corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and ice cold drinks will be available for a nominal charge.

For more information about the event, visit the website at alive.smartevents.com/alive-2012.

Contact Will Heath at wheath@thestclairtimes.com.

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