Middle school and high school students sing and teach hand motions to children in Selma. Church youth groups from across the city came together for a weekend of worship, learning and serving the community through a city-wide Block Party on Saturday and were a shining example of how to work together for change. -- Ashley Johnson
Middle school and high school students sing and teach hand motions to children in Selma. Church youth groups from across the city came together for a weekend of worship, learning and serving the community through a city-wide Block Party on Saturday and were a shining example of how to work together for change. -- Ashley Johnson

Youth in city come together to make a difference

Published 6:58pm Monday, February 18, 2013

It was another amazing weekend for the youth in the city of Selma. As many boys in the city are starting up the youth baseball league again this year and representing the city well across the state, other students stayed within the city limits to reach out a helping hand.

Under the name of Ekklesia, which is Greek for the body of Christ, churches of all different denominations came together as one this weekend for a youth discipleship weekend.

The churches put aside their beliefs on old traditional hymns versus contemporary worship. The churches did not argue as to whether they would use the King James version of the Bible or the New Living Translation. Instead, students from sixth grade to twelfth grade all worshipped as one body and studied the word of God as one body. This brought the youth across the city and forced them to put aside their differences to help others.

The result was a block party for all area children. This party showed those children love and attention while giving them a safe and educational place to play for just a few hours.

It was inspiring to see how churches and denominations put aside their differences and were in turn able to make a difference. If this were the heart and attitude of all businesses, politicians and persons in the city, it would look like a very different place.

We want to thank the youth who participated in Ekklesia for giving us all a great example to live by.

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