‘The Great Commission’ to be held in downtown Clanton

Published 3:06 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/Senior Staff Writer

It is part block party, part outreach event.

“The Great Commission” will be held in downtown Clanton near the Chilton County Courthouse on Nov. 10, beginning at 10 a.m.

The event will feature games, prizes, inflatables, music and motivational speakers throughout the day. The event is free, but there will be vendors and food trucks selling during the event.

Pastor Jahmia Keebler of New Generation House of Prayer said the event was a group effort of local pastors and community leaders, including Mayor Billy Joe Driver.

“God just laid it on my heart to give the young people in Clanton something different … to take the church to them,” Keebler said.

The idea began to form after Keebler heard about Alex Potswell being shot and killed in Ollie Park. There will be a memorial and balloon release for him at the event.

Keebler said organizers wanted the event to be a way for people to “have an opportunity to enjoy themselves but also hear the message of Christ.”

Drawings will select 10 families to receive a Thanksgiving food basket.

The keynote speaker Pastor Chad Keeteman of New Life Community Church will be speaking at noon. Other speakers will include Pastor Denedra Keebler and Pastor Justine Richardson.

Jahmia Keebler said the goal is to “bridge the gap between the street and the church and let them (young people) know there is a church for them” by carrying out the Great Commission from Matthew in the Bible to tell everyone about Jesus.

The event will also feature a community communion service.