ZEBULON — The local area has become the headquarters for a large scale, multi-denominational youth religious event thanks to some divine intervention, organizers of the event say.
The producers of the faith-based movie Jackson’s Run and founders of the Impact Challenge – which challenges people to commit their lives to God – are working with representatives of several eastern Wake County churches to bring their message to the area.
The result of their collaboration, Zebulon Impact Challenge Youth Weekend, is slated for July 26-28 at Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex. The event will showcase the North Carolina debut of the movie, several Christian bands and more.
“I’m really hopeful the hook will be meaty,” said Zebulon United Methodist Church Pastor Tom Hollis, a member of the organizing board for the event. “The cast of the picture and several bands will be involved. It’s like a Christian Woodstock.”
The three-day experience at Norris Creek will also serve as the national kickoff for Impact Challenge Youth Weekend, which will be held in venues across the nation over the next year.
Cindy Privette, also a member of the local organizing board, had a hand in bringing the event to the local area, but takes no credit for the way things materialized.
“It’s a God thing,” Privette explained. “I was at a chamber (of commerce) event talking about a showing of the movie Courageous. One of the women at the meeting said, ‘That’s funny because one of the cast members is my neighbor.’”
The chamber acquaintance was referring to Rusty Martin Jr., who lives in Raleigh, and she went on to introduce Martin to Privette.
In May 2012 Martin visited Zebulon UMC, where he developed a relationship with the youth and other church members when the movie Courageous was being promoted. He and other cast members returned to the Zebulon church in December last year to talk about their newest movie, Jackson’s Run.
“It was out of that visit that the vision for Impact Challenge came,” Privette said.
Second Perception, the band that wrote and performed the soundtrack to the movie, will join local Christian bands at Zebulon’s Impact Challenge. Current and former NFL players now with The Timeout Guys, a team sports celebrities organization that volunteers time to work with youth, are also on the ticket.
Food vendors and others selling faith-based items will be on hand for the event, which is being advertised throughout central and eastern North Carolina. Tickets will cost $5 per person.
Organizers are seeking financial assistance through donations and sponsors, and volunteers in all areas of ministry – both before the event and on-site at the event – and vending spaces are still available.
Norris Creek is located at 751 Old Halifax Road in Louisburg, north of Zebulon.