“We would love to see everybody [come] out. All of our young people of course, but also [our] not-so-young people,” said Rev. Carlos Calhoun. “We are a Baptist church but it’s not a denominational or a racial thing. We would love to see everybody come out, black, white, Hispanic, everybody from our community. We want it to be a community thing, not a colored thing.”
The five-day event, celebrating young locals, will begin with three nights of revival, starting at 7 p.m. March 6 and lasting until Friday. Multiple ministers, musicians and guest speakers will share their message to celebrate, encourage and love our youth.
“On Wednesday night, we’ll have Minister Kendrick Scott from Yorkville,” Calhoun said. “He will be coming and bringing in words to specifically encourage young people to avoid violence and drug activity and just to stay in school and do the right thing.
“On Thursday we will have Minister Khyri Rogers from the Cartersville area. He’s a local Cartersville person and he will be bringing a similar message, encouraging our young people to pursue our goals and to continue on and to pursue their dreams.
“Friday we will be having a 13-year-old young man, Tyler Perry, who is a Cartersville Middle School student. He will be speaking to young people and encouraging them. Also on Friday night, we will be having an all-night musical. So, after Tyler gets through speaking, we will have different guest choir and different musicians ... to praise and worship that will be coming in and singing until the late hours of the night.”
The church will host its first Red and White Ball on the fourth night of the Youth and Adult Youth Week. The formal event will be in full swing on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Goodyear Clubhouse. It will be the only off-site event and will give people the opportunity to dress up, take pictures and dance the night away.
Sunday will conclude the week with a 9 a.m. worship conducted by Minister Dexter Shelby from Rainbow Church.
“As adults, sometimes we can be real negative about young people and focus on the negative things that are going on but we want to celebrate,” Calhoun said. “We have some awesome young people in our Cartersville and Bartow County community. We want to celebrate them, their gifts, their talents and everything that God has given them, and with those who may be going through something, we want to encourage them and just let them know God still loves them and nothing is over until God says its over.
“The youth have a place in ministry, the youth have a place in the church and they have a place in our society, and if we don’t make sure to encourage them and love them and to embrace them, there’s a lot of negative things in the world that will.”
All events are open to the public and will be held at the Greater New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 69 Cassville Road, Cartersville. Tickets for the Red and White Ball are $7 and can be purchased by calling Calhoun at 678-315-6143. Tickets are limited.