Brainerd Area Youth Ministries held its first rally of the school year Wednesday night at Tornstrom Auditorium, continuing the multitude of community homecoming activities this week.
Teens from around the lakes area packed the auditorium to listen to Christian music by local band Silverline, hear speaker Terrence Talley and come out of the event with a message of the importance of knowing Jesus.
Dale Kuglin, BAY Ministries executive director, said "Everyone needs to know Jesus," the first message in a continuing theme throughout this year's four BAY Rallies.
Teens lifted their hands in worship while the Christian band Silverline played on stage during the BAY Rally Wednesday evening at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
"EPIC" is the slogan this school year, and all BAY Rallies will have a movie theme. A student-made Indiana Jones parody seemed well-received at the rally on Wednesday.
Kuglin said 27 students and young adults make up BAY's "dream team," a group that comes up with ideas for BAY events.
"It's BAY Ministries' 10th year and we wanted to recreate our image," Kuglin said. "Our message stays the same, but how we present it can be fine- tuned."
Nearly 100 students helped put on this, the 41st BAY Rally.
"I want them to own this," Kuglin said of the students. "BAY isn't about Dale Kuglin, it's a collaboration of youth and youth ministries."
Kuglin said BAY Rallies typically draw junior high to early college-age crowds. Wednesday night's rally was no different. Lana Rogers, 11, had never attended a BAY Rally before this one.
Sam Norwood helped with the movie-themed BAY Rally. All of this year's rallies will have a movie theater feel, following the year's theme, "EPIC." Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
"I didn't think it'd be as funny and cool as it was," Rogers said.
The young audience sang along to Silverline's worship, many with hands raised in the air, and laughed at Talley's funny, yet meaningful message.
"Remember to live the life God has called you to live," Talley told the crowd.
Kuglin said Brainerd school district officials approached him last year about moving the fall BAY Rally to be part of the community homecoming celebration. This year BAY is also sponsoring a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Forestview Middle School featuring popular Christian pop/rock band Superchick.
Terrence Talley was the featured speaker at the first BAY Rally of the school year. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
"Not all Christian music is filled with Bible verses and organ music," Kuglin said. "This is upbeat and positive."
Superchick's first four albums have sold a combined 700,000 copies and have included five No. 1 singles. Kuglin said Superchick's music has also been played on more than 70 TV shows, movies and video games.
"People hear you're going to a Christian concert and think they're playing guitar and singing old hymns," said Savannah Abersoll, 12-year-old Superchick fan. "It's more modern than they think."
The Christian band Silverline played to an enthusiastic crowd at the "EPIC" BAY Rally Wednesday night at Tornstrom auditorium in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Superchick performed in Brainerd two years ago to a sellout crowd. This year they'll be accompanied by bands Stellar Kart, Article One and Starlit Platoon.
Brett Roach, 15, saw Superchick in concert before and is looking forward to seeing them again.
"They're incredible," he said.
Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and are available at Bethany Book and Gift in Baxter, the Community Education office in Brainerd or at www.bayministries.org.
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