“The Project X team have come out and partnered with the churches here in town, and we’ve put on a great event for the community,” said Dalby Baptist student Pastor Andy Vickers. “And the community have really responded and come out in great numbers, much more than we actually expected, and it’s been a great day.”
An estimated crowd of 2000 enjoyed different ‘zones’ , with plenty of sport, art, jumping castles for the kids, great coffee and food, and even an area for those wanting to relax and explore spiritual topics.
But the most popular areas were the Bella Chicks Zone, with art, craft, clothes and pampering just for the girls, and of course the extreme zone with JC Epidemic, who wowed the crowd with their extreme BMX and Motocross stunts.
The X-Factor stage was where the local young people could show off their talents, and this year’s competition was the best yet, with kids singing, dancing, and even playing the trumpet for a chance to win an iPad or GoPro camera.
“But also, people were able to hear God’s Word explained and the truth about Jesus Christ,” said Dalby Presbyterian Youth Pastor Josh Dodds.
With a captive audience, JC Epidemic’s MC Dave presented a simple, clear Gospel message that could be heard across the whole showgrounds.
“Just to have a safe place where they could come and experience the love of God, that changes people, that changes lives,” said Dalby State High School Chaplain Cassie Walton. “And we probably won’t see the benefits for a while, and those seeds that are planted, we’ve just got to trust that God will keep watering them and bringing the right people along into their lives.”
For Josh Dodds, the highlight was actually the build up to the event.
“It was seeing the Churches in town work really well together and pray well together,” he said
Andy Vickers agreed.
“For me the highlight was seeing people coming together in Jesus name, irrespective of denomination, and speaking Christ into our community.”
“I particularly loved the contact we had with other Church folk that we ordinarily wouldn’t find ourselves working with,” said Vicki Law, from Dalby Presbyterian Church. “I’m sure this will also impact our inter-denominational relations too. All up – an extraordinarily wonderful weekend with God at the absolute centre of our focus.”