Kids from all over the Tampa area and local high schools gather every Wednesday to be “moved” with the word of Jesus Christ at Grace Family Church. “The Move” (formerly known as iO) is a great event for fellowship and to grow your faith through Christ’s word. I go to it almost every week and get something new out of it each time I attend. The way High School Pastor Josh Hawk relates the word to my life experiences shows me that I am not the only one going through the problems.
Even though the reputation of “The Move” is high for fellowship, there are some things that may lead to kids not wanting to go or parents not allowing their kids to attend the event. Some of the other churches’ impressions of “The Move” are saying that Grace Family is just providing a place for teens to sit in the game room and make out or start trouble. Not quite. Even though “The Move” is for high school kids, the faculty makes sure that there is no PDA. Also, some parents think there is not much security and there will be teens running around everywhere. This is also false. There are more than enough parents and volunteers to handle all the kids.
When Hawk (or whoever the speaker is that Wednesday) is speaking, they gives such a good message that all eyes are on them. The room is so quiet; you could hear a pin drop. Sometimes the message is also very deep when kids start tearing up or laughing hysterically.
“The Move” truly gives an outstanding meaning to every young adult that comes in and lets Jesus Christ’s word into their hearts. The first time I attended “The Move”, the sermon was based off of testimonials given by kids that attended the churches’ summer camp. One young boy explained how he originally went to camp to hang with his friends and he could care less about the message. He then said that by listening to the messages and what the church camp offered, he gave his life to Christ that same week.
I recommend “The Move” to every Christian individual in high school or kids wanting to experience what Jesus can do for their lives. The people, pastors and volunteers do their best to make “The Move” a safe and friendly environment that everyone can enjoy.