May 5 marked the date of the second annual Strong in Christ Christian Music Festival at Kingwood Church of Christ. This event was held from 2-9 p.m., but volunteers and church members worked tirelessly on site from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and beyond to give hope and strength to the ravaged community post-Harvey.
“This festival was renamed from Summer for Christ (2017) to Strong in Christ (2018) to continue post-Hurricane Harvey events highlighting the ‘strong’ theme. The intent was to ultimately bring the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita communities together after the devastation and recovery from the flood disaster we all experienced,” said Kingwood Church of Christ deacon and Local Missions Ministry chair, Hugh Miller.
The ministries of Kingwood Church of Christ were very active in assisting victims of the 2017 flood. Several members and teams demolished 20 church members’ and other community members’ homes post-flood. The entire church body collected financial donations and distributed the funds to church members and others in the local community who had significant home damage but no flood insurance to recover the losses.
This festival was held as a free event in the parking lot of the church to bring people into attendance who were passing by on foot or driving by on the street. The sounds of the bands could be heard around the neighborhood. Great music from live bands, inspirational speakers, delicious foods and fellowship helped to draw a great crowd.
Live band entertainment included praise, worship and harmonies from Changed, New Caney Cowboy Church Band, Strawbridge United Methodist Church, First Baptist of Humble Praise Band, and the Atascocita United Methodist Church Band.
“Music and food always help to bring people together in a way that brings them closer. Our community has been through the best and the hardest of times, but we did it together. We continue to work in the community to make it a better, stronger place to live and to serve. Harvey did not destroy our hearts,” said Miller.
The event served as a continuation of the efforts on behalf of the church to reach out to the community, bring people together, and spread the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. The festival was created as an ongoing activity with goals to lift up the name of Christ, promote the efforts of Kingwood Church of Christ to non-members, and bring inter-congregational members together.
“Be on the lookout for details for next year’s event in the coming months. We look forward to ministering and being ministered to through the gift of music. I believe music changes lives and emotions,” added Miller.
For more details, additional photos and future dates, visit facebook.com/originalstronginchrist, kwcoc.org/kingwood-christian-music-festival, and kwcoc.org/summer-for-christ.