Thursday, September 12, 2013
Sunday nights can be filled with food and football, but for a church in North Augusta it was filled with music and praise.
Grace United Methodist Church held a free community concert featuring local band Lost Without and Augusta band Dayz to Come on Sunday night.
Lost Without vocalist Mike Keltz said the band has been growing and is trying to help reach out to the youth.
“We’ve been together for about three years now,” Keltz said. “We started out small, playing for churches and youth groups and then we started to pick up the pace a bit. We wanted to make the kickoff a little bit bigger and make it a little more appealing to the youth.”
Keltz is also the director of contemporary worship at Grace and has been in church his entire life.
“Growing up in the church there really wasn’t anything for me, so I have a special desire to reach these kids and give them something to do,” Keltz said. “I got together with Gordon from Dayz to Come and we contacted each other back and forth, and I said “you should come play at my church.”
Keltz said that in the future his plans are to continue to connect with the youth to strengthen their faith and connection to God.
“I’d like to start offering this as a once a month thing,” Keltz said. “Something different like a concert setting that they can come and experience and also glorify God at the same time. I want to try to get them to come to church and have a positive environment to come hang out in the evenings.”
According to Keltz, the band is an outlet for he and his bandmates to share their love of Christ.
“I’ve been overcome with a calling from God that says that I need to go out there and do something,“ Keltz said. “I know I’m a catalyst for change and Jesus has the power to change. He’s changed my life, so I want to go out there and share it with the world. It’s weighed on my heart and the guys that have come together with me have placed the burden on their shoulders, as well.”
Julia Smith, 14, said when she heard about the concert she knew she would come.
“I’ve heard them before and I thought they would both be good to listen to, and I’d get to hang out with my friends,” Smith said.
Smith said that she really enjoys the fact that her church holds concerts and different activities for their youth.
“I think it’s really cool because not all churches do that,” Smith said. “I like the fact that they try to stay modern. It shows a good way to express God through music.”
In the weeks to come, Grace will also hold its annual retreat for their youth group UMYF, and with the concert and upcoming retreat they kids have a lot to look forward to.
“I look forward to UMYF, and I like when we have people come and perform,“ said Emily Miller, 14. “Our retreat is always nice and relaxing, but it’s also a great time for worship.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and earned a communications degree from USC Aiken.