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Touring group has musical messaage that's from the young and for the young

By ERIN WIGGINS

The Mirror

On March 27, the Young Continental Singers will be performing at New Heart Worship Center, hoping to influence youth and spread their Christian messages.

The singing group, part of California-based Continental Ministries, is formed by teens that range from age 12 to 16. There are 34 members, including performers and technicians.

Their show includes singing, dancing and drama. They hope that through their shows, they can attract young people and help them understand the Christian message they are trying to spread.

°∞The Continentals is a group of teens who use the arts as a way to win souls,°± said New Heart member Sandra Glover.

The group has an eight-day training camp which is followed by a four-week tour of various regions of the country.

The Continentals program "is about 39 years old and has toured the world with their message to young people. They are a non-denominational organization which recognizes the basic Christian truths,°± said Glover.

Glover's niece was selected for the Young Continentals over three years ago, so she has seen them perform before. She contacted the program in hope that the Young Continentals would be able to perform at New Heart. The upcoming show at 7 p.m. will be the first time the group has performed at New Heart

The show is free and open to the public. A free-will offering is taken.

New Heart has similar concerts approximately every three months, according to Kristin Parker, administrative assistant at the church.

°∞It is a great way to get kids to come out to our church,°± said Parker. °∞It°Øs a good alternative to Sunday morning service. You don°Øt have to be Christian to come.°±

New Heart, which is located at 33415 Military Road S., can seat 800 in its sanctuary. Church officials hope to see at least a few hundred young people and their families at the Young Continentals' performance, according to Glover.

News intern Erin Wiggins: 925-5565, editor@fedwaymirror.com

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