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Teen Celebration enlivens Grand Lake church

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Tonya Bina/Sky-Hi Daily NewsSarah Cheek (front, left), 14, and her sister Linden, 11, of Tabernash take part in a lively youth-oriented church service Saturday night at Trinity Church of the Pines in Grand Lake.

Trinity Church of the Pines in Grand Lake offered its first-ever Teen Celebration on Saturday in an effort to give area youngsters another way to spend a weekend evening.

“Kids wanted to get together and wanted a more lively service Saturday nights,” said congregation member Geoff Elliott of Grand Lake, the father of two teens.

“We’d like to have it more regular, but this is the first one, and really it’s an experiment,” he said.

Before the start of a service presented by and tailored to a younger group, Elliott said he was pleased with the turn-out.

The small town has too few options for youth activities on a weekend night, and such occasions give youngsters a chance to meet and share in fellowship, he said.

“There are a number of youth groups around the county,” Elliott said, “but they don’t get together that much.”

It is the hope of the Presbyterian church that it may partner with other youth groups to make teen nights more accessible around the county.

As many as 15 teenagers from the Genesis Church in Littleton joined the evening with band equipment in tow.

The special youth service started out with energy, as youngsters led both young and old parishioners in a series of standing exercises to get blood circulating. The introductory exercises were followed up with performances by the teenage rockers, “Praise Band.”

Linden Cheek, 11, and her sister Sarah, 14, of Tabernash, took part in the service.

Both are members of the youth group at Church of the Eternal Hills. Linden said the evening is an alternative to standard Saturday night activities, such as hanging out with friends at home.

The Teen Celebration was well accepted in Grand Lake, Elliott said, with many people contributing food and beverages.

To make the Teen Night a monthly event, organizers hope participation grows. Those who attend need not be a member of a church, and musicians are welcome to bring instruments.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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