Praisestock returns with focus on local praise bands

MOUNT VERNON — Area residents are invited to join together as one community to praise God and share his message as Praisestock returns to Ariel-Foundation Park on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Directed by a leadership team representing six churches, Praisestock has evolved from a long-term outreach of Owl Creek Baptist Church to now include Apostolic Christian Church, Covenant Church, Grace Community Church, New Life Church of the Nazarene, The Salvation Army and Vineyard Church of Knox County. This will be the second year of the joint effort which moved the music festival from the country to the city.

“Praisestock is a collaborative effort from local churches coming together and inviting the local community to join us in a day of celebration worshipping our Lord and serving others by helping support Food For The Hungry,” said Ben Staats, vice chair of Praisestock leadership team. “Together we can feed the soul and feed the person.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a Community Worship Service. Four churches —Grace Community, Owl Creek, The Salvation Army and Vineyard — have committed to holding their traditional Sunday service together and invite those of all denominations, or without a home church, to join them as Capt. Christine Moretz of The Salvation Army leads the service. She will bring the message, “There Is Unity in Community.” A love offering during the service will be donated to Food For The Hungry for its 2019 food drive.

“Food For The Hungry is humbled by the many ways Knox County residents have found to support our mission to provide funds to fight food insecurity and for emergency financial assistance to those in need,” said Samantha Scoles, FFTH president. “Capt. Moretz, in her role with The Salvation Army, realizes the impact of every dollar raised through Food For The Hungry, and she is artful in weaving the message to be more like Jesus in this special community service.”

Following the worship service, guests will have the opportunity to Worship Through Communion, Worship Through Service (washing of the hands) and Worship Through Prayer.

The afternoon’s music festival begins at noon and will feature amazing local talents including Dave Adkins at noon; Grace Worship Team, 12:30 p.m.; Vineyard Worship Team, 1:15 p.m.; Chestnut Ridge, 2 p.m.; Larry Splain, 3 p.m.; Apostolic Worship Team, 3:30 p.m.; Covenant Worship Team, 4:15 p.m.; Roots and Rivers, 5:30 p.m.

“Praisestock 2019 is about God’s people spending the day in praise and worship of him,” said Dave Ewart, Praisestock chair. “Our worship will include music, scripture, a great lesson from Capt. Moretz, a love offering for Food For The Hungry, communion, service and prayer. The 10 a.m. community worship will bring many congregations together on a day we would normally be apart. Worship teams and musicians from sponsoring churches will be joined by Chestnut Ridge and others to provide some powerful worship music. We will have a number of speakers that will talk about Food For The Hungry and some of the missions that it supports. This is a unique opportunity for our community of believers to make a difference by gathering together in this time and place to give our all to God.”

A Children’s Ministry will begin at 10 a.m. and will offer a lesson on Jonah and God’s Love and will include age-appropriate songs. Crafts, balloon animals, a bounce house, face painting and other crafts will be included in the afternoon schedule. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in these activities with their children.

This family-friendly event will feature more activities and opportunities to learn about Praisestock, sponsoring churches, Food For The Hungry and some of the programs receiving funding and Dirt Track Racing. A Prayer Tent, food trucks and vendors will also be available. In addition, the Hajjar Family, a corporate sponsor for Praisestock, will introduce their upcoming restaurant and coffee shop, Everlasting Cup, and how they intend to use this venture to fund mission trips to Central America.

Visit for more information and be certain to follow on Facebook @praisestock. Churches and individuals wanting to participate should contact Ewart at 740-627-7440 or Staats at 740-501-5480.