HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Just five years after its inception, the Labour of Love Music Fest, known for its consistently stellar lineup and unique beach venue has grown to a mega evangelistic event that features the Newsboys on Saturday (9/2) from 11 am to 5 pm.
The vision of Calvary Chapel of the Harbour’s pastor, Joe Pedick and his wife, Kathleen, the 5th annual event held in the parking lot of Bolsa Chica State Beach combines not only trending Christian music, but a festival type atmosphere with rides and games for children, and vendor booths including food and merchandise.
When asked by TogetherLA.net why he believes in doing the Labour of Love Music Fest, Pedick answered, “Jesus said in Luke’s account to: ‘Go out into the highways and byways, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’ (Luke 14:23) So through this creative platform we are doing our best to compel people in our community to know the love of Jesus Christ and to become part of His wonderful family.”
In a recent interview with Brian Perez on K-Wave, Pedick said that getting the Newsboys to play at the free event was a long process.
“We actually prayed for two years for them to be there,” he said. “They are great to work with and they are gospel-minded.”
The band, which formed in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, currently consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait formerly of DC Talk, keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, drummer and percussionist Duncan Phillips, and guitarist Jody Davis. In addition to performing music, the band has appeared in the films God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2.
Newsboys has partnered with Baja Christian Ministries to serve the needy and homeless in the region surrounding Tijuana, Mexico, the band states on its website. “Primarily through building new homes and evangelism, thousands of people have heard, and been shown, the message of hope found in the Bible. Through GND (God’s Not Dead) Missions, Newsboys are asking their fans to join them in continuing this important mission work.”
Pedick said that the Labour of Love is a collaboration of churches coming together to host the event.
“This isn’t just a Calvary Chapel of the Harbour event, this is an event that many different churches are involved with,” he said. For those attending, who may not have a relationship with Jesus or have just accepted Him into their lives at the festival, Pedick explained, “We try to get them plugged into their local church. If they don’t have one, we find out which area they are from and try to get them plugged in a good, Bible-believing church.”
When asked about the event’s beginning and current success, he said, “We were just wanting to be a church outside of our walls. We wanted to reach out to the community but also think of ways to bless the community.”
For more information, go to LabourofLoveMusicFest.com.