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Whidbey Island youth hold prayer rally

Alicia Hagen and Josh Wenzek, youth leaders at the Whidbey Evangelical Free Church in Greenbank, sits in prayer during a song. - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
Alicia Hagen and Josh Wenzek, youth leaders at the Whidbey Evangelical Free Church in Greenbank, sits in prayer during a song.
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Rather than roller skating, shooting pool or studying in the computer lab, a group of teens participated in something more holy at the Roller Barn in Oak Harbor.

More than 100 teenagers worshipped Wednesday night as part of the National Day of Prayer Youth Rally.

The event, which took place in the building that is also the home of the Boys and Girls Club, attracted teens from all over Whidbey Island.

“It’s a way to get all of the church youth groups together to pray and worship together,” said Aaron Spratt, with Youth Dynamics, a nondenominational youth groups that helps teens connect with churches.

Wednesday’s service marks the fourth year of the youth rally. The event was marked with rounds of prayer interspersed with singing, which was led by Ben Lawson, worship leader at Calvary Chapel in Oak Harbor.

The young people broke up into small groups where some of the teens huddled together in the dimly-lit arena and prayed for government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

“It gives us a time to sit down and worship Him,” said Jane Eaton, an 18- year-old who attends Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene. She said the evening simply provided a time to pray for things that needed to be prayed for.

“It is one of the best things we can give to them,” Eaton said. “I like it and it’s fun to do.”

Wednesday’s youth rally was only part of the National Day of Prayer activities. A community prayer rally was held at the steps of the Island County Courthouse Thursday during the noon hour. Then, later in the day, a family prayer rally and barbecue took place at the Evangelical Free Church in Greenbank.

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