Churches perform at music festival

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Jonathan Vickery - Managing Editor

They worshipped in many different styles, but their intent was the same - praising God.
Barnwell First Baptist Church hosted the inaugural Praise and Worship Music Festival Saturday, August 16. Around 200 people listened to 11 groups from 10 churches, ranging from contemporary songs to 1800s hymns to youth playing classic hymns on the violins.
"It was a good day to praise the Lord. We're all individuals and worship in different ways. It takes you out of your shell," said Dave Sexton, one of the organizers of the festival.
"I was so excited about all the great musical talent in this area. The variety of the music was fabulous," said Darla Buwalda, whose children performed with the Healing Springs Praise Band.
"Worship is an everyday part of our lives", said Ron Franklin, pastor of Mt. Lebanon Christian Church. He performed with his church's praise team.
"I enjoyed everything and learned some new things," said Ella Dorch of the different styles of music. "I wish I could have brought more people with me."
Sexton hopes to make the festival an annual event at the church. He said several people expressed an interest in having a spring festival at another church. "We need to come together more as a body of Christ," said Sexton, instead of doing things as individual churches.