Impact 180 youth event debuts Sunday night at Liberty Christian Church

Posted: Mar. 15, 2013 8:01 pm Updated: Apr. 6, 2013 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

LIBERTY, Ill. -- Teresa Paszkiet has no idea what to expect with Sunday's Impact 180, an inaugural event targeting junior and senior high-age students.

"We'd be happy with one, and if we had 300 we'd be ecstatic," she said of the potential turnout.

Paszkiet is a Liberty Christian Church member who is helping coordinate Impact 180. She says the goal is to bring teens together each month in a fun-filled Christian environment.

The free event is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. at Liberty School, 505 N. Park.

"There are three or four area churches working together on this," Paszkiet said. "This is a small community, and everyone knows everyone else. We're not worried about numbers; we're trying to fill a need. We're encouraging everyone to bring their friends with them."

Paszkiet said there will be games, music and "hanging out."

Right now, Impact 180 is scheduled for the third Sunday night each month.

"There's been nothing like this before (in Liberty), and we know it has been successful in other churches," Paszkiet said. "We just want the kids to know it's OK to have some fun. The main goal is to teach the Gospel -- and not bore them."

Paszkriet said organizers have been busy passing out fliers in the school and spreading the word about the first Impact 180 gathering.

"I'm not sure about other churches, but our church has 20 to 25 in the junior and senior high-age bracket, and I know they are all excited about this," Paszkriet said. "There's never been anything around here like this that I know of, and I just turned 41."

For more information, call Paszkriet at (217) 430-7212 or the Rev. Terry Henry of Liberty Christian Church at (217) 617-7749.