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Youth Night slated for July 25

By William H. Perkins Jr.

Folks will get turned around – literally – when they attend 2014 Mississippi Baptist Youth Night on the evening of July 25 at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, but it’s a good thing.

“We have traditionally used the Coliseum’s north entrances for Youth Night, but due to ongoing renovations on the north side of the Coliseum we will be utilizing the south entrances for access,” reported Don Lum, evangelism director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board which is sponsoring the annual event through gifts to the Mississippi Cooperative Program.

“Mississippi Baptist young people are some of the smartest people around, so I am confident everyone will figure out how to get to the other side of the Coliseum. If not, there will be plenty of volunteers in the parking areas to help,” Lum said.

Attendees should take the High Street exit from Interstate 55 North, as always, and head west toward downtown Jackson. That hasn’t changed. The Coliseum main entrance is a short distance down High Street, on the left.

Keynote speaker for the event – the largest annual gathering of Mississippi Baptists in the state — is Bryant Bush, an evangelist and artist from Atlanta. “Mississippi Baptists are very familiar with Bryant,” Lum said. “He has spoken at Super Summer, the Youth Evangelism Challenge, Disciple Now events, and in a number of churches through the years.”

Worship leaders are The Gathering with the Chris Albritton Band from Temple Church in Ruston, La. “This is really an extraordinary group of talented musicians, and I know they will add immensely to the worship experience of the evening,” Lum said.

“There’s going to be plenty of room for everyone. There are no admission fees, tickets, or registration. I want to encourage everyone who can to attend, and to invite as many unchurched friends as they can for the Gospel experience,” Lum said. Adult volunteers will be available to talk with students, he added.

Doors on the south side of the Coliseum will open at 5:30 p.m. Concessions will be available until the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

A mission offering will be taken. Because all expenses of Youth Night are covered by gifts to the Mississippi Cooperative Program, 100% of the mission offering will be available to Mississippi Baptist churches to help fund youth mission projects.

For more information on Youth Night or the mission offering, contact Lum at (601) 292-3278 or toll-free outside Jackson (800) 748-1651, ext. 278. E-mail:

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