Ministry matters

The ministry will organize a concert in the park

The ability to use a stage set up in the park a day before the bluegrass festival opened the door for a local ministry to provide a free concert.

Hope for the Cities, a ministry of the Cross Church, is planning a free concert from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Olde City Park with up-and-coming alternative country band Voth.

Jon Bailey, director of Hope for the Cities, said that because they wanted to provide something more entertaining for the evening, the biggest challenge was getting a “supportive group on short notice who would represent them well”.

Luckily, through a ministry connection, Bailey heard of a band that will soon sign a contract with Warner Brothers.

“It won’t be Bluegrass,” Bailey said, adding that the group is “very ministry-focused,” which will provide the perfect backdrop for a fundraising night.

In addition to the music, there will be video testimonials highlighting the four different ministries that Hope for the Cities focuses on in their program. Ministries include Feeding the Community – providing weekly food boxes and a summer lunch program, Benevolence – helping those in need with rent, utilities, medical bills, Campus Compassion – in partnership with Wylie ISD and Community Partnerships.

“These community partnerships allow us to do so much more,” Bailey said.

Sponsorships will help offset costs and fundraising will take place during the event. During the two-hour time slot, there will be guest hosts, including one from the NFL Alumni Association.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be food trucks on site at Olde City Park representing Bold Barbecue, OMG Creamery, Kona Ice, Jamba Juice, Auntie Anne’s, Just Wings and Things and more.

“There has to be a purpose in what we do,” Bailey said. “We want to use this event to highlight the needs of the community.”

The pastor said he believes that by highlighting needs, the community can come together to “address these issues as well”.

“This is a community effort, not just a church effort,” he said. “We are all one team. We have to do it together.

For more information about the concert or about Hope for the Cities, visit