Soon the ground will shake from the sound of worship and young people competing in softball and baseball games at the annual Youth Quake 2012.
Everyone is invited to attend.
The event will be held July 18-20 at First United Pentecostal Church.
Sandra Goleman, a member of the church, said Youth Quake is for everyone.
“It is for all denominations and walks of life,” she said. “It began for the locals 28 years ago and has been growing ever since.”
Goleman said the event is also good for local commerce because the hotels and restaurants get packed full of “pentecostals shopping until they drop.”
Romeo Simmons, manager at Johnny’s Pizza House in Bastrop said his restaurant is glad for this time of year every year.
“It packs out the restaurant every year,” Simmons said. “It is a dead time of year right now, so this will probably be some of the only business for us this week.”
Melissa Pumphrey, desk clerk at Preferred Inns in Bastrop, said that Youth Quake keeps their hotel busy as well.
“We usually get booked up every year at this time,” she said. “It is good for the local economy of Bastrop.”
Goleman said the event began 28 years ago when Bishop A.J. Fulton felt an intense burden for the local youth and worried they were not being ministered to as they should be so he started Youth Quake.
“And the word spread after the first year about what a wonderful time it was,” Goleman said. “We usually have 1,000 to 1,200 people and it keeps growing. It began with the locals and it grew and grew. Now people from all over the state come and people from Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas come every year too.
“We want our kids to fellowship with other kids,” she said.
Services begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening and services are held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday and Friday the children and teens play softball and baseball after the morning service, she said.
“There will be an all-star game Friday after the service at Carter Park,” Goleman said. “The kids will play until about 1 a.m. and we will be selling fried fish plates.”
Goleman said it is good, clean fun and parents are welcome to attend too.
“We would love for the parents to come too, but if they cannot they will not have to worry about their children,” she said. “They can just come drop them off and pick them up later. The local police have been so kind as to have their reserves come patrol.”
Not only is the Youth Quake a healthy event for children, teens and adults, but it is also good for the local economy, she said.
“They come from out-of-town and they shop till they drop,” Goleman said. “We always alert local shops as to when Youth Quake will be so they can be prepared for it.”
For more information about Youth Quake 2012, call First United Pentecostal Church at 281.3457.