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[OCT. 27, 2004]  "It will be a blast!" So said Paul Weber, youth group leader at New Wine Fellowship.

On Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 the combined youth groups of Lincoln Christian Church, Jefferson Street Christian Church and New Wine will host Sonfest 2004 at New Wine School, 1500 N. McLean in Lincoln. Sonfest is an evening of games, candy, Christian videos and other activities. The event has been attended by approximately 2,500 local children in its 20-year history, and this year's fest is planned to be the largest yet. All kids ages 4 to 12 are invited

Fifty junior high and high school youth group members will dress in Western costumes to provide a fun Western theme for the evening, but children who attend will not need to dress in costume.

The youth groups will offer 18 games, puppets, the Whopper Hopper (provided by Burger King) and a large bag of candy for each child. The New Wine Mime Team, which has ministered nationally and internationally, will also be present.

The grand finale of the night will be "Human Sundaes." Six guest children will choose six host teens to become "sundaes." The kids will spray the teens with whipped cream and will pour chocolate sauce, nuts and cherries on the teen hosts.

Children who attend will be divided into nine age groups and participate in each event with kids their own age. Host teenagers will guide each group through the evening. The cost will be $1 per child.

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In addition to all children from the general public being invited to Sonfest 2004, the three youth groups have also invited children from all Lincoln churches to participate in the evening, via an invitation to each church.

Sonfest has been an ongoing event at New Wine for 20 years, but this year the three churches are joining to host the night. This is another step in a developing vision among local churches for combined service projects for the community. During the summers of 2003 and 2004 many local church youth groups participated in Mission Lincoln, doing work projects around town. In January 2005 the youth groups from Lincoln Christian, Jefferson Street Christian and New Wine will join in a ski trip.

Questions about Sonfest can be directed to Tracy Thomas, youth minister at Lincoln Christian Church; Brian Medaris, youth pastor at Jefferson Street Christian Church; or Paul Weber, youth leader at New Wine Fellowship.

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