The annual Gospel Explosion will be held later than usual this summer.
Gospel Explosion committee member RaSharon King said the event has been delayed due to the pool project at Mosby Park being incomplete.
The event will be held Aug. 2, from noon to 7 p.m., at Mosby Park.
It will be the 12th year for the event.
“It is set up like a carnival and we have air toys and inflatables. We have a petting zoo. We have different kinds of games for the kids,” King said.
Live gospel and worship music and “spoken word” poems will also be presented.
Many nonprofits in the area also have booths set up at the event.
The goal of the event is “to draw the community closer to Christ through prayer, praise and action.”
King said the event started as a group of people wanting to make a positive impact in the community.
“It started out really small and each year it has just grown bigger and bigger,” King said. “You hear about all the negative things that are going around in our community and we wanted to do something positive.”’
Several of the original committee members are still a part.
King said it has been “exciting” to see the event grow and the needed resources come together.
This year, since the event will be held so close to the start of a new school year, a Back-to- School event will be a part of Gospel Explosion.
King said the plan is to hand out school supplies and backpacks. Sponsors for this project are still needed
The event is free and open to the public.
Hotdogs, drinks and chips will be free. Other food will be available for purchase
King said many of those who partner for the event have participated in the past or attend churches in the area.
King said there is a screening process for the musicians and “spoken word’ presenters included in the event.
“Most of the churches that surround Mosby Park are financial sponsors,” King said.
King said the coordination committee is still looking for ministries, volunteers and sponsors to participate.
Some local musicians and worship groups have already committed to participating, but more are needed.
Those interested in being involved in the event in any aspect should contact King at 987-3356.