Clairton's youth shine for Christ

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It was a night filled with talented young people giving praise for the gifts God has bestowed upon them.

United Youth Ministries presented the second annual “Bring Your Gift to Christ Night” on Dec. 19 at Morning Star Baptist Church in Clairton.

The United Youth Ministries is a group of Clairton-based churches that is dedicated to unifying the city by way of uniting its young people.

Members of the group came up with the idea for the talent show last year.

“I decided this was good to get kids outside the church and inside the church together,” explained Rashida Webb, one of four advisors for the event. Webb attends Mt. Olive First Baptist Church.

About 60 of the city’s most talented kids stepped up to thank God for blessing them with their perspective talents. They thanked God through group songs, individual solos, dance routines, mime interpretations and raps.

“It’s been a joy working in unity with the other churches,” said Morning Star Baptist Church member Anita Hammons, who served as one of four advisors for the event.

Clairton native Ashley “Blaze” Miles returned to her home town to celebrate the holidays and lend her support to the cause.

“I want to thank all the churches for getting together. It’s a blessing,” said Blaze before launching into two originally penned Christian themed rap songs.

Highlights of the two-hour show included a twist to the popular “Nutcracker Suite” holiday production. Following that were choral numbers by the United Youth Ministries Choir; Destiny Dance Ministry; dance group, Daughters of the King; the Morning Star Baptist Church Singers; and mime group, Callaway’s Disciples.

“It’s a good thing having all these young people here doing one thing on one accord for God,” said Dream Christian Center pastor Rev. Leroy Thompson who served as the worship leader for the evening.

“Every church is welcome to participate in the event. We’re open to people coming to join us. We want our Caucasian and Mexican brothers and sisters to join us because when we get to heaven we’ll all be there together it’s not about color. We need to share what we have. We are brothers and sisters through Christ,” Thompson added.

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