Forest Park, IL, August 5, 2014 – “Young people in the Chicago area have experienced too much violence and tragedy, and we want to bring families together with something positive and uplifting,” explains youth ministry leaders Pastor David Winston and his wife Niki, of GO HARD FOR CHRIST.

Pastor David, as he’s known by the youth, is the son of Dr. Bill Winston, pastor and founder of Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Illinois.

As host and sponsor of the Friday, August 15th Back2School Giveaway Celebration & Concert, GO HARD FOR CHRIST plans to hand out more than just school supplies.

“We want to give out hope and encouragement for the upcoming school year, and some answers to life’s tough questions,” says Pastor David. “Young people are asking why so many of them are dying, and who cares about what is happening.”

Living Word Christian Center recently held the funeral of eleven-year-old Shamiya Adams, killed last month by a stray bullet at a friend’s sleepover.

Students accompanied by a parent or guardian will receive a free Back2School supply-filled back pack while supplies last. Along with free food, free games and prizes, there will be plenty of exciting outdoor fun for the whole family, Friday August 15th, from 3PM-6PM at Living Word Christian Center located at 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL. 

Pastor David also shared, “It’s a win-win for students and especially for parents on a tight budget. GO HARD  FOR CHRIST inspires kids to bring God with them everywhere, even to school. I hope that parents will also encourage their young people to be a part of the many activities we do here throughout the year, because we’re helping to connect students with their God-given destinies. The event ends with a free indoor concert featuring exciting musical performance by Chris Searcy starting at 6:00PM, followed by a Prayer of Blessing and Protection spoken over the students at the very end. We are helping to build the local community while building relationships.”

Giveaway Celebration & Concert Checklist: 

  • Arrive at 3 p.m. sharp and students with a parent or guardian will receive a free school supply-filled backpack and t-shirt (on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last).
  • Enjoy free food, snow cones, cotton candy and even free haircuts.
  • Play in dunk tanks, bounce houses, foam party, 3-on-3 basketball tourneys, face painting and more. Win prizes and even compete for a chance to play the money machine game.
  • Enjoy free admission to an electrifying indoor concert featuring Chris Searcy starting at 6 p.m.
  • Receive a Prayer of Blessing and Protection

Back2School Giveaway and Concert

Friday August 15th at Living Word Christian Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, Illinois 
3:00PM-6:00PM School supply giveaway, free food, outdoor fun and games
6:00PM-9:00PM Money Machine Game & Free Indoor Concert w/ Chris Searcy; ending with A Prayer of Blessing 
and Protection for students.