With the nation “in crisis,” the Rev. Jack Munley and his church in Olyphant decided to find a way to bring a little peace and hope to the community.
Since its first service on Dec. 23, 2016, Rescue & Restore Church has focused on ways to reach out to community. Starting tonight at 5 p.m., the church is hosting its first-ever tent revival meetings at Condella Park, 901 Susquehanna Ave., Olyphant. The revival continues Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. The events are free and everyone is welcome.
“People are struggling mightily, so why not bring unity, not only among the church, but to encourage people and let them know there is hope, hence the theme ‘Christ Over Our Crisis,’” Munley said about the idea to organize an outdoor revival.
Munley, a Jessup native who was ordained in 2007, started Rescue & Restore as a “place where broken people are rescued and restored.” And these days, more than ever, he and other leaders of the church have seen an increase in the number of people in need of hope and a little help. The church hosts a community meal on the last Thursday of every month and distributes food on the first Monday of the month, in addition to other regular ministries the church organizes.
“The tent revival fits into our mission in that we’re a place where broken people are rescued and restored,” Munley said. “We’re looking for people to be open to receive Christ’s love and forgiveness because that leads to salvation, healing, and deliverance for those who need to be rescued and restored.”
Since the revival will be held outside, masks are not required, Munley said, although attendees can wear them if they choose. Seating will be arranged so participants will remain socially distant.
The revivals will also feature live worship music each day. In addition to Munley and his wife, Pastor Linda Munley, revival attendees will also hear from George Cabarrus Sr., who had ministered in West Scranton before moving to Virginia Beach and began holding smaller scale tent revivals in parks and other venues, according to Jack Munley.
“He’s a pastor and evangelist,” Jack Munley said. “We’re excited to see people get saved, healed, and delivered. There will be live worship music each day of the revival.”