800+ teens signed up for D-Now

Published 12:09 am Thursday, February 15, 2018

Don’t mind the traffic in Opp Friday night, it’s just Discipleship Now (D-Now).

More than 800 teenagers from more than 22 local churches will flock to Opp High School for the kick-off of Covington Baptist Association’s annual event.

During the event, students from grades 6-12 spend their nights in a host home, divided into small groups based on ages.

At the host homes, there is a new set of rules.

Limited cell phone usage, no practical jokes, no skateboards and no leaving the host home unless a parent authorizes it.

The event isn’t exclusively for Baptist teens, however.

Garrett Davis, student pastor at Carolina Baptist Church, said that anyone is welcome to the event.

“The Baptist churches coordinate this event, but it’s open to anyone,” Davis said.

“We sold out all of T-shirts but registration is still open. If anyone wants to still attend they can.”

This is the ninth year of the event and the theme is “Gospel Changes Everything.”

The goal of the rally is to spread the message of Jesus Christ to all kids, Davis said.

“We all want to see changes in our society but the only thing that will change these problems is to turn to God,” Davis said.

“We try to challenge the kids to make a difference where they live. Because no matter how old you are you can make an impact on something.”

Davis says what he enjoys most about D-Now is having a chance to spend quality time with the people from his church and seeing the other kids.

Friday’s event will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s events will start at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This year’s guest speaker is Jason Gaston from The Summit Church in North Carolina.

The guest band will be the Summit Church Worship Team.