A free Father’s Day concert held Saturday in Long County may make a return appearance.
According to event organizers, the concert, which was held at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church in Ludowici, went so well that there are plans for it to become an annual event.
“The response we got from males and females was that this was a good thing, and that we need to do it every year so that we can continue to encourage all fathers to be the leaders in their homes that they need to be,” said the Rev. James Evans, St. James’ pastor.
Evans said the concert also was held for the community.
“We have some wonderful people, and having this concert was a way to give back to the community and also a way to tell our young fathers to step up to the plate and be the men that God wants them to be,” he said.
Evans said that today there are too many single mothers raising children alone and children raising themselves, and now is the time for fathers to take responsibility.
Emma Williams, one of the concert’s organizers, said the day went well, but she hopes that it gets even better in the future.
“Today was good, for our first time doing it, but we want this to grow and become even better in the future,” she said. “We want everyone to come out and be a part of it next year when we do it again.”
According to Williams, this year’s performers included Men of Integrity from First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the male choir from St. Luke Baptist Church, Deacon Henry Roberts and Pastor Art Davis.
Speakers for the day were the Rev. Cecil Rock of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville and keynote speaker Dr. Jermaine Evans of Sonrise Baptist Church in Lilburn.
Evans said that the sponsors for the day were the Savannah Home Depot; Ace Hardware, Lowes, and Advance Auto in Hinesville; and the city of Ludowici.
“I want to say thank you to all who came out today, but also want to give a special thanks to all of the sponsors who donated and helped us in different ways,” Evans said.