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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 20, 2014

Our Time promotes positive things for young people

By David Hotle | Apr 16, 2014
Over 600 young people from many different states attended the 2013 running of the Our Time Youth Conference at the Marion Avenue Baptist Church. This years event begins tomorrow.

This morning, volunteers at the Marion Avenue Baptist Church completed the forms of two large wooden radios on the stage of the church with the word “Voice” on each to symbolize the voice young people should have when standing against destructive influences.
With the eighth annual Our Time event kicking off tomorrow, Michael Griswold, youth pastor for the Marion Avenue Baptist Church, said that young people from at least 12 states would be attending from as far away as New Hampshire and Tennessee. He said that the annual fireworks display would be held at The Rev. Joseph Brown’s house, just south of Washington, at about 9 p.m. Thursday. The event continues through Friday.
“The theme this year is just Our Time,” Griswold said. “It is just young people realizing that it is our time to be a voice and to stand for what is right. We want young people to realize there are a lot of dangers and negative things for them out there as far as drugs and alcohol and we want them to know the love of Christ and what the church has for them. The biggest overall thing is we want them to know it is our time for our generation.”
He said people wishing to attend could register at the Our Town Web site. He also said that if a smaller group wants to attend, they could just come to the Marion Avenue Baptist Church during the event.
Griswold said on Thursday there would be services in the evening as well as games. He said there would be six services during the course of the event. After worship, the youth will move out to Brown’s property for a patriotic concert performed by church members and the fireworks.
“We are trying not to be too late and keep people up,” he said.
On Friday, there will be services in the morning and an ice skating trip in Coralville in the afternoon. In the evening, there will be more services and games.
Brown said that Our Time began when he and his brother-in-law had been discussing giving a voice to young people. His brother-in-law, a missionary in Tanzania, Africa, holds an identical event in Africa. Brown said that the event originally welcomed young people from the general area and had grown ever since. Last year, over 600 young people attended.
“Twelve states is pretty good for Washington, Iowa,” Griswold said. ‘It has turned into a pretty big outreach.”

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