Youth of all ages are invited to attend Jam-A-Roo Monday through Friday for a free music event determined to awaken Cleveland to one city, one vision, one savior.
“It is basically a youth revival,” said Andrew Harrod, youth leader for Jam-A-Roo. “It is going to be held at Stuart Elementary School in a tent. Each night we will have praise and worship music — great singers, great musicians. There will be skits and drama to music, as well.”
Jam-A-Roo is sponsored by Washington Avenue Baptist Church, Covenant Baptist Church, and Echoes of Mercy Baptist Church. Live music will begin every night at 7 p.m. Pre-service begins at 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Pre-service is a time for prayer and coming together before the main service,” said Josh Lee, another Jam-A-Roo youth leader.
Pastors Barry Fowlers and Daniel White will provide sermons Monday through Thursday. Adam Crabb, formerly of the Crabb Family band, will be performing and preaching Friday night.
“We live in a generation of people who are burdened and they are not coming together,” said Lee. “They go to church, but they are not coming together.”
Added Keegan Cabrera, a fellow youth leader, “It’s not about one person or individual. It’s about a group, a city, a generation coming together when so many things are trying to break it up. That is what we want people to get out of this ... Jesus came for all of us.”
Jam-A-Roo is designed to be accessible.
“We wanted to do something here so people could drive 15 minutes or walk to it,” Lee said.
Added Harrod, “I’m glad we made this event free. You are welcome to the event whether or not you have money. You don’t even need a dollar to buy water if you are hot — it’s free.”
Harrod, Lee and Cabrera encourage everyone to come out who is interested.
“You look at the youth today and it’s like everything is at their fingertips,” Harrod said. “It is like the temptation is so much greater than it was in the past. We are hoping through Jam-A-Roo one city will come together with the same vision to serve the savior whose love takes care of all of us.”
According to Lee, the young men who thought up Jam-A-Roo want to remain anonymous.
“They want all the glory to go to God,” Lee said.
Added Cabrera, “This is not a time to attend church for a competition. We are going to worship and life the Lord up. It isn’t about who is better than someone else or who is rich or poor.”
The three churches began planning the event in January. Hours have gone into advertising, raising money, and planning.
“A lot of prayer, as well,” Cabrera said. “From day one everyone has come together as a group, prayed as a group, and made decisions as a group. There was not one decision made through this whole thing that was made by one person alone. It was a united effort. That is what this whole event is about.”
“It’s Cleveland united,” Lee said.
Lee, Cabrera, and Harrod hope Jam-A-Roo becomes an annual event. According to Lee, more than 4,000 have been invited to the event through the social media site, Facebook. Advertisements have been placed on flyers, signs around town, and on the radio.
“Thank you to everybody who has donated, put in the work, or helped in any shape, way or form,” Cabrera said. “It wouldn’t have happened without everyone who joined together.”
Harrod said a “special thanks” to Coca-Cola for providing the water and Aubrey’s for allowing use of its tent.
“We are hoping by the fifth day we will have to take the tent down [due to the amount of people],” Cabrera said.
All three youth leaders are excited about the effects of Jam-A-Roo.
“”I’m looking forward to the aftermath of the event,” Lee said.
“A city on fire” Cabrera added.
The first evening of Jam-A-Roo will begin this Monday at 7. Pre-service will begin at 6:15 p.m. For further information, contact Tammy Harrod at 423-596-0350 or Charlie Moats at 423-595-3198.