USA– Ocean Grove, New Jersey - Big Splash kicks off this weekend on Friday, July 29th and runs through Sunday, July 31st in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. This event was started by 970 WWDJ in the late 80’s as a faith based concert series. This year Big Splash is a partnership between radio station 570 WMCA and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, and it is a free family event that features speakers, a beach festival, a concert by the David Crowder Band (paid ticket required) and a 5k race, the “Big Splash Dash.”
Big Splash presenters include this year Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, felt God’s calling on his life at a very early age. Born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Jeremiah was raised in a family deeply committed to ministry. At the age of eleven, Dr. Jeremiah and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio where his father, Dr. James T. Jeremiah, was the Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and in 1953 became the President of Cedarville College inCedarville,Ohio.
This year’s event schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 29, 2011 in the Great Auditorium
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Worship led by Barry D. and The Lighthouse Church Worship Group
7:00 p.m. Dr. David Jeremiah, Turning Point
Saturday, July 30, 2011, Bishop Janes Tabernacle
-Pastor Lloyd Pulley, Bridging the Gap, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, 9:00 a.m.
Will be finishing up his week-long treatment on leadership
Following in the Bishop Janes Tabernacle will be:
Bishop Roderick Caesar, Full Gospel Hour, 10:00 a.m.
-Pastor Charlie Rizzo, Let It Grow, 11:00 a.m.
-Gary Selman & Jonathan Cahn, Two Nice Jewish Boys, 1:00 p.m.
-Pastor Lester Figueroa, Calvary Assembly of God, 2:00 p.m.
-Pastor Jim Keavney, Changed by Love, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2011 in the Beach Pavilion, 4:00 p.m.
-Pastor James MacDonald, Walk in the Word
Saturday, July 30, 2011 in the Great Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
-David Crowder Band Concert (fee paid event)
Sunday, July 31, 2011 in the Great Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
-Rev. Roger Casey, Senior Pastor of Rock Church, 10:30 a.m.
-Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, Professor of Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary, 7:30 p.m.
The “Big Splash Dash,” sponsored by the Salvation Army, will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m. This is a 5k run/walk with awards given to the top 3 overall male/female participants, and age group medals for 7 years to 70+ (10 year age groups). The race will start at 92 Lawrence and Main Avenue and awards will be given at 10:30 a.m. Registration information is available at: http://summerbigsplash.com/#/5k-run/race-details.
A Beach Festival will be featured on the Great Lawn and beach all day on Saturday, and ocean baptisms will be offered at 5:00 p.m. For beach ticket questions please call Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association: 800-590-4064.
Tickets are on sale NOW for the David Crowder Band concert and for beach passes. To order tickets for the David Crowder band concert please visit the following web site: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=408545&presenter=NJOG&venue=&event.
Please note that a concert ticket includes Saturday beach access.
Ocean Grove is a town located on the Jersey Shore about 60 miles south of New York City. According to the Ocean Grove Historical Society, in 1867, Reverend William B. Osborn, a Methodist preacher, attended a week long outdoor holiness camp meeting atVineland,NJ. Osborn's enthusiasm knew no bounds and, eventually, he found an ideal camp meeting site, a secluded community on the North Jersey Coast, where spiritual and physical health could be renewed. Thus, on July 31, 1869, a group of ministers and friends camped at what is now called Founders Park and, after a candlelight prayer service, dedicated themselves to establish a permanent Christian camp meeting community called "Ocean Grove." From this simple beginning there would emerge a permanent town.
Throughout summers, Ocean Grove is packed with many events, Christian gatherings, and activities and concerts open to the public. Recording artists ABBA, Smokey Robinson, Amy Grant and the Newsboys, to name a few,have performed in the Great Auditorium. In the last few years, this pristine Victorian-esque town has garnered even more attention in the Christian contemporary music community and in evangelical outreach circles by way of hosting in May the Will Graham Jersey Shore Celebration and, in June, hosting again Bridgefest, an annual gathering of speakers and presentation of concerts by top performing artists such as Matthew West, Brandon Heath, Francesca Battistelli, and friends.
Ocean Grove is located between Asbury Park (of Bruce Springsteen fame) and Bradley Beach. The North Jersey Coast train runs from New York City, and the stop most convenient to Ocean Grove is Asbury Park. (http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0080.pdf).
If you prefer transportation by automobile and need a physical address please use 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756. More information about the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a sponsor of this event, is available here: www.ogcma.org.
More information about Ocean Grove is available here: www.oceangrovenj.com.