JULY 2017 NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

More than 500 New England youth and leaders representing 41 congregations in five states attended CrossWalk 17 from July 10-15 at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. Students enjoyed fellowship, worship, age-based Bible study, recreation and other activities based on personal interests. Twenty-eight teenagers made a salvation decision, and 13 expressed a call to ministry or missions. CrossWalk is staffed by New England natives and locally-based ministry leaders. It began in 2000 and is a highlight of the year for many New England youth groups.

Maine-born church planter Joel Littlefield celebrated the launch of New City Church's first public worship service July 23 at the Maine Maritime Museum. A few supporting ministers traveled by boat in true Maine style. The building was filled with energized people as worship music spilled out of the building and down onto the waterfront. God blessed New City Church with a wonderful start.

Baptist Convention of New England Disaster Relief deployed a team from Vermont to Hoosick Falls, N.Y., in the month of July. The team helped with mud outs and chaplain work in response to a major storm that hit the area on July 1.