This weekend’s Sunday morning service at New Creation Church may have more frying pan curling, soda can crushing and phone book ripping than usual.
Made up of former body builders, NFL players and Strongman contestants, evangelist John Jacobs’ Next Generation Power Force strength team is set to perform Sunday as part of a Christian mission to spread the word of God in churches across the world.
“I have one guy that can wrap a six-foot-long steel bar around three times, and others that can rip two license plates in half like they’re sheets of paper and rip phonebooks in half like it’s nothing,” said Alex Morales, a Miami-based pastor who works as the team’s administrator.
And in between the seemingly impossible stunts, Morales said the members tell their stories.
“I have a guy who can bench press 1,000 pounds, but he says, you know, with all that strength, it was nothing until he found God,” Morales said. “It’s one thing to talk about power and strength, but it’s nothing compared to the power God has to change somebody’s life.”
The group has performed at more than 3,000 events in 40 countries, has held over 30,000 public school assemblies and frequented large mega churches, but Morales said a newer focus is reaching out to smaller communities.
After performing at New Creation Church in Glenwood Springs, the church that spawned New Creation Church in Craig, event organizers asked its pastor about smaller congregations that would be good to visit.
After hearing about Craig, and having a cancellation free up Sunday on its schedule, the Power Force Team offered to come out and perform at no cost to the church.
Craig resident and New Creation Church member Jessica Ashton said she was approached about a month ago to help spread the word about the show.
Since then, she’s posted fliers, told friends and showed residents YouTube videos of the team in action.
“I’m excited for the kids and families that might be a little hesitant to come into a church service,” Ashton said. “This is a fun event. It’s a fun environment.”
Power Team members “have been on TV,” she said. “Just that they’re coming to a small community and we can go and see it, that’s exciting.”
The team will put on two shows.
According to Morales, the 9:30 a.m. show is a more traditional worship service with little teasers to the evening’s performance, which takes place at 6 p.m.
New Creation Church is located at 520 Westridge Rd. and the event is free to the public.
Ashton said she doesn’t know how many people might show up, but she hopes to see the congregation double to around 200.
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