Jam-A-Roo has returned for a second round in hopes of uniting a city with the message of God’s love at the center of the songs and sermons.
Andrew Harrod, Jam-A-Roo youth leader, said everyone was excited to begin plans for this summer.
“To call last year a success would be an understatement,” Harrod said. “It went above and beyond all of our expectations.”
Roughly 350 people showed up each night for the five-day event. Originally, the idea was to gather youth from around the city. Crowds of families, older adults and young children proved the idea was appealing across the ages.
This year’s Jam-A-Roo will take place Monday through Friday at the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Center on South Lee Highway.
Each night will begin with pre-service worship at 6:30 featuring youth group bands from local churches. Jam-A-Roo’s official band will pick-up worship at 7 for the service. Missionary Chris Sampson and local pastor Daniel White will provide the messages for the event.
A special concert will take place Friday night with Calling Glory to close out the five-night worship spree.
Jam-A-Roo youth leader Keegan Cabrera mentioned Calling Glory’s “Don’t Give Up” was the theme song for this year’s planners.
Harrod, Cabrera, and fellow youth leader Josh Lee said Jam-A-Roo is free to anyone who wants to come out.
Lee said he hopes Cleveland takes the five-day jam session as an opportunity to come together prior to school starting.
Harrod added they hope to be able to fill up the fine arts center every night. The center is not only air conditioned, but will comfortably sit significantly more people than Jam-A-Roo’s tent allowed last year.
“We want it to be bigger, better, but keep the main idea,” Cabrera said. “We want the lost people there to be saved. It is not about having a lot of people there.”
Cabrera said , “We want it to be about people being led to the Lord and people who have been saved being brought back to the Lord.”
For the three organizers it is about seeing someone form a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Harrod recalled more than 10 young people made a commitment to God at last year’s Jam-A-Roo.
“If we only have one person make that commitment, then it is worth every bit of work we do,” Harrod said.
Cabrera added one of his favorite stories from last year’s event.
“There was a man who goes to [Harrod and Lee’s] church and he had been out of church. He got right at Jam-A-Roo,” Cabrera said. “He came up and told a few of [us], if it hadn’t been there in the [Stuart] field, then he may have never gotten right with God.”
Jam-A-Roo provides an opportunity for Cleveland residents to fellowship together. The youth leaders assured there are no demands on those in attendance.
“[In worship] some people cry, some people shout, some people just raise their hands,” Cabrera said. “We want people to know they can worship how they worship. That is between you and God.”
More information can be found at www.jamaroo2013.com or facebook.com/jamaroo2013. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who want to tag the event in a Tweet can do so by using the hashtag #jamaroo2k13.
Testimonials can be found at the event’s website.