Mt. Calvary Women`s Auxiliary presented its 3rd Annual Youth Empowerment Expo from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Bamberg.
Minister Sheila Foreman, Auxiliary president, served as mistress of ceremonies. The annual event showcased the talents of area Christian youth who presented poetry, songs, skits, plays and praise and worship dancing.
The purpose of the event is to strengthen "our Christian youths’ focus on living a Christian life as they embrace, display, perform and enjoy each God-given talent, using these talents and gifts to praise, worship, magnify, glorify, edify and exalt the most Holy God," organizers said.
The networking and fellowship event incorporated the theme of “Reach One-Teach One: Save a Life through Jesus Christ." It allows Christian youth in the community to come together and draw strength and support from one another as they prepare to go out into the world, sharing their faith and the good news of Jesus Christ.
Among the guests attending were Rev. Dr. Reginald and Mrs. Shannon Williams and family, Minister Henrietta Pam and Barbara Robinson, all of Orangeburg, and Deacon Alvin Foreman of Columbia.
Youth President TyQuan Foreman and Minister Sheila Foreman led the devotion service with scripture readings by youths John Kinard and Kennedy Williams. Kicking off the talent showcase was the duo of Kennedy and Reginald Williams Jr., along with Kyaja Smith, who wowed the audience with their musical talents. Praisers of Praises, under the direction of Sheila Robinson-Ford, performed two powerful praise dance and worship recitals. Also on the program were: The Honey Ford Inspirational Choir, represented by youth De’tress Spellman; St. Mark Inspirational Choir, represented by youth Demetrus Parker; and the Union Youth Choir. Also performing were Minister Henrietta Pam and Deacon Alvin Foreman.
Foreman presented a short but powerful message titled “Don’t Focus on Your Past: In Christ You become a New Creature." He finished his message with a stirring song of testimony, “He Saw the Best in Me."