Christian youth group reaches out with ‘Battle of the Bands’

Bayside Chapel in Selbyville will be rocking on Saturday, June 1, as the FORGE Youth & Family Academy hosts its first Battle of the Bands event.

The idea behind the “battle,” according to FORGE director Tara Schrieves, is simply “food, fun, fellowship and music. It will be held at Bayside Chapel in Selbyville — a bit of a return to its roots for the youth organization, which moved to Pittsville, Md., a year ago.

Four bands from churches in Sussex county in Delaware and Wicomico in Maryland will perform throughout the evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., Shrieves said. They will be judged by members of Bayside Chapel’s own worship band.

Schrieves said the Christian rap artist B-SHOC has recorded a special message for FORGE, which will be played at the June 1 event. B-SHOC headlined a musical event for the club several years ago.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase. There will also be games and door prizes, said Shrieves of the night of “family-friendly musical outreach.” FORGE is a Christian-based youth organization whose motto is “Breaking the Cycle of Bad Choices.” FORGE serves youth in Sussex and Wicomico counties with a variety of programs and events.

Coming up June 30 will be a charity bowling tournament at Eastern Shore Lanes in Pocomoke, Md. It will be a handicap tournament with a registration fee of $25 per person or $20 per person if bowlers “bring a friend,” Shrieves said. Prizes will be Visa gift cards — $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

FORGE has also started new regular programs at the Pittsville location for area youth, just in time for summer: FIT (FORGE Integrity Training) which includes martial arts and meditation, will be held every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The FORGE Gentlemen’s Club, a new club for boys, will be held the first and third Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. (with the exception of June 2, which has been canceled because of funeral services for Linda Barrett, the club’s “MomMom” and Schrieves’ mother, who passed away Tuesday, May 28). Ladies to Leaders, a program for girls, will be held on the second and fourth Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Exodus, the club’s music program, continues on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 4 to 6 p.m., and the club is open every Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for its regular activities.

Schrieves said the club hopes to add some Saturday-evening activities throughout the summer.

The Bayside Chapel is located at 8288 London Ave., Unit 9, Selbyville. Doors open for the Battle of the Bands at 6 p.m.; a $1 donation per person is suggested but not required.

The FORGE Academy is located at 7804 Gumboro Road, Pittsville, Md. For more information on FORGE events and activities, go to the Forge Youth & Family Academy page on Facebook or call (443) 366-2813.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter