The Rock of Salvation
Church takes its mission of getting out into the community with joy – big
time – with their upcoming "Rock da Park" event.
Hundreds of people come out annually to Reverend Sykes Park and the College Arms parking lot for a day of music, entertainment, special speakers and giveaways, all in the name of outreach, particularly to the youth of our community.
“We see this event as an opportunity to reach our community with the message of the Gospel of Christ in a fun and unpressured atmosphere,” Heidy Rivera, member of the church, said. “We aim to make the community aware that we are here to embrace, help, and love them no matter whom they are or where they’ve come from."
“We are trying to reach the children and youth of our community," Rivera continued. "These age groups are the most misunderstood and devalued of our society. We want to empower them and make them aware that education is the roadway to success in America. The Gospel gives them an alternative lifestyle. We want to make a difference; reducing the percentage of teens on drugs, drinking alcohol, experimenting sex and teenagers getting pregnant.”
The church has been around for the last 40 years, and this event has been going for seven. This year will feature performances by several artists from the tristate area, including rappers and Latin rhythm singers. K Love radio will have a booth giving away two free tickets to either Chris Tomlin Concert or a Third Day Concert. The speaker for the evening is a member of the church, Christian De Jesus Rosario, who happens to be a nationally recognized public speaker. He is the son of the Spanish recording artist Cleiry Cruz, who sang for many years with the Latin recording band Chicas del Can.
It takes months of planning to put on this event, which is run entirely by 50 to 60 church member volunteers ranging in age from 15 to 80 years old.
All are welcome to "Rock da Park" on August 23, from 3-8 pm at Rev. Skyes Park on Wildey Street in Sleepy Hollow.