Praise in the Park 2018 – Bower Ponds, Red Deer
Photo Credit: Peter Fleck
by Peter Biggs
Five years ago, a Church homegroup began to discuss ideas on how to impact their community. Excitement and vision grew… their church was supportive… the first Praise in the Park started to come together…
An outside Sunday afternoon and evening inter-congregational city-wide worship event. The venue was the beautiful ampitheatre of Bower Ponds. The city was positive and supportive facilitating timely permits. Around 2,000 people turned up!
Now in it’s fourth year, Praise in the Park is an established annual event in Red Deer, continuting to attract over 2,000 people.
Team Leader Susan Sampson says, “We have been very grateful for support from individuals and businesses who believe in the event, including City Light News!” The event costs around $30,000 to put on.
Sampson decribes a facilitating team made up of representatives from seven different Red Deer churches. The declared mission of Praise in the Park is to unite believers in the Red Deer area to come together as one Church, lifting high the name of Jesus.
There is a Prayer Tent with a prayer team drawn from 8 -9 churches. “We see a lot of people who are walking by and take in what is going on,” she says. “If they are interested to follow up, the Sunday morning ‘Morning of Faith’ takes place just three weeks later at the large Westerner Days Fair & Exposition event.” Around two to three thousand gather to worship from across the city on this morning of praise which is part of the larger Westerner Days event.
Praise in the Park Worship will be led by Embraced, a Red Deer inter-congregational group. They lead ‘Pursuing his Presence’ a quarterly city wide worship time. The Crossroads Kids (around 40-50 kids) will also lead worship. This year the event is thrilled to welcome Fraser Campbell; Gospel Music Awards female artist of the year, Brooke Nicholls; and male artist of the year, Greg Sykes.
“Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be praise and worship appealing to all ages, from the wee little ones to our beloved seniors. This unique event has forged relationships and helped unity across our churches,” Sampson declares.
The event will go rain or shine. For convenience, guests may park in overflow west of Carnival Cinemas and take a golf-cart shuttle ride directly to the venue. It is a good idea to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and perhaps an umbrella, just in case.
Sunday, June 24, 2018, 3 – 8pm at Bower Ponds Ampitheatre, 4705 Fountain Drive, Red Deer. For info phone 403-318-7670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.