Empire State Fellowship Talents For Christ

HORSEHEADS, N.Y.—Teens preached, sang, played, drew, and wrote, while adults watched, listened, judged, accompanied, prayed, and applauded. The two generations intersected at First Baptist Church, which hosted the annual Share Your Talents of the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. There were more adults (judges, parents, pastors, supporters) than teens (90–95), but the two groups mingled as one big family enjoying, learning, and sharing.

Craig Golden, state representative of the ESF, says, “It was an incredible day of blessings. One youth group returned home so excited about the day that they have already enlisted eight more teens to participate in the Share Your Talents program.”

The day included the GARBC-sponsored Talents For Christ contest. Craig says, “It was a day filled with tension, some tears and anxiety, but mostly joy.” Not only did the contestants receive encouragement, but they were shown through adjudication forms how to improve their talents while serving the Lord more effectively. Craig says, “Trophies and medallions were awarded, hugs and slaps on the backs were given, instructions and suggestions were offered, and at the end of the day, everyone was on the winning team.”