Mark Knight is pastor of The Commons.
Albany The Praise Team at The Commons Church here has a simple but effective message for anyone considering attending “The Gathering @ the River with The Commons” free concert Friday.
“We just want to show people in the area that you can be a Christian and have fun,” Praise Team leader Ron Massey said.
The Gathering, which will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Veterans Park Amphitheatre, is a first for the nondenominational church at 3014 Sylvester Road. But if the response is favorable, it won’t be the last.
“Our prayer is that there will be a desire for this kind of event,” Commons pastor Mark Knight said. “If that’s the case, we will take this ministry wherever people would like us to go.”
Massey said the growth of The Commons’ Praise Team ministry is a product of the church’s efforts to reach out to those in the community who may be lacking spirituality in their lives. The team performs mostly contemporary Christian music.
“We’re reaching out to the community that we’re a part of,” he said. “I know for me personally, this musical ministry is where I’m at spiritually. I feel God has called me to this ministry, and we’re excited about the opportunity to reach out beyond our church to others who may be looking for something in their lives.”
There is no admission for The Gathering @ the River, and Knight said everyone is welcome.
“We’re trying to give back to our community,” the pastor said. “Hopefully those who have not been exposed to The Commons will see that we’re all about having a good time while serving God.”