The Ashland Beacon
This Saturday at 5:30 p.m., the doors to the Paramount Arts Center will be thrown open and those who enter will be treated to a free event that is more than a concert. It will be a fast-paced, high-energy night of fun and entertainment and giveaways. They will witness bands, a dance troupe, a drama team, and some super fun Turtles that all have one mission: moving forward for God.
The fifth annual Faithward Motion will feature a performance by national recording artists Citizen Way. “We want to be like Billy Graham with a guitar, sharing the Gospel with as many people as we can,” their website proclaims, “the members of CITIZEN WAY consider themselves ‘musicianaries,’ or musicians with a missionary-like calling.”
Filling out the lineup is Ashland’s own, Jason Lovins Band, Remnant (a dance team from Cleveland, Tennessee), Anointed Mime (drama team from Fort Mill, South Carolina), and Ohio Turtle Fan (Ninja Turtles from Columbus, Ohio).
In a community where people are suffering from depression, addiction, and the significant impact of the broken family unit, there is a need for something positive that encourages leadership toward Jesus. “Families are being destroyed,” Kevin Slayton, youth Pastor at Catlettsburg Harvest Church and Faithward Motion founder stated, “I know many kids living in broken homes. God built and structured the family to grow together and to support one another. We want to give families hope and encourage them and cheer them on to a better life.”
The 2020 event is the fifth Faithward Motion, and the second time the family event has been held at the Paramount. At the very beginning, it started with an urge to host an event for entire families. “Honestly, I questioned God about it because I have never started a community event before, no one knew me, I had no
contacts, I didn’t have the money, or location to have a community event,” Slayton reflected, “ultimately, I trusted God and I stepped out in faith and we started the Faithward Motion event and I’m so glad we did!” That first event saw 100 people at the Ceredo Kenova Community Center, and last year over 800 people came to the Paramount Arts Center.
The expectations are even higher this year as groups from Virginia, Wheelersburg, Belpre, Charleston, WV, Grayson, and many other locations. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. It’s completely free, and no ticket is required. Seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Faithward Motion is free due to event fundraising, giving from Catlettsburg Harvest Church and other churches, Outback Steakhouse, Getfiddle Custom Shop, Pollock’s Jewelers, and Infusion Solutions. Slayton hopes the many who have come together to build the event will see accomplishment of its goal of uniting the community, bringing us all together, mending broken families, giving people hope, and sharing Jesus.
For more information on Faithward Motion, check out their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/faithwardmotion