Three church worship teams participated in the event. Red Hills Southern Baptist church began the event, followed by Sonrise Christian Fellowship. The final group to play was Calvary Chapel Cedar City.
The day was cold and windy, but the weather warmed up enough for 150 to 200 people to attend and show support for their churches. Those who attended enjoyed the event, despite the chilly weather.
“I thought we had an awesome turnout, and a really positive response from everyone who attended,” said Steven Walquist, coordinator of the event. “We’ve got other evangelical churches who want to get involved, and we plan on bringing it back again and continuing it on an annual basis.”
The planning for the event began in early January. Walquist and his wife reserved the space and contacted the local worship teams to participate. From there, they coordinated who would be involved and what would occur.
"We feel so blessed and lucky to have the freedom to gather and worship and praise God in the park together," Walquist said.
Walquist was pleased with the turnout of the event and felt it was a great way to provide a fellowship opportunity for the evangelical churches in Cedar City.
“It’s always good when the various houses of worship play like this in the park. We need to do that more often,” said Steve Gray, sound technician for the event.
Regardless of the weather, Cedar City Worship Fest 2016 had a great turnout, and the local churches are excited for the event to continue annually.
The coordinators of Cedar City Worship Fest would like to thank the True Life Center (TLC) for the use of its sound system and equipment, Red Hills Southern Baptist Church for the use of its drum set and other equipment, Pete Thornton and Calvary Chapel for the use of their keyboards, and Dan Maruyama for setup help, support, and being available for Q&A about the evangelical Christian beliefs and faith.
They would also like to thank the worship teams for their preparation and participation in the event as well as the entire community for its support.
Finally, they want to extend a special thanks to Steve Gray for his time in breaking down and setting up the sound system for the event and for taking the time out of his day to help with all the preparation.