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Darth Vader came to this youth rally


MANCHESTER, Conn. — For one teen, wearing a Darth Vader mask and talking “Star Wars” with youth ministers helped smooth his introduction to church.

Wilton Carraway Jr., associate minister for the Ward Street Church of Christ in Wallingford, Conn., said the movie connection inspired Cody Dion’s confidence.

“Now he brings it everywhere and has been attending church regularly and finding his voice even though he has the mask on,” Carraway said. “He’s a super young man.”

Garrett Alexander from the Roxbury Church of Christ in Boston area leads worship at the youth rally in Manchester, Conn.

Dion wore the mask to a recent youth rally that drew 120 teens from 22 congregations to the Manchester Church of Christ. Attendees came from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. Manchester youth minister Cameron Franklin organized the rally. The theme was “Harvest.”

Hoss Ridgeway from the El Campo Church of Christ in Texas spoke. Garrett Alexander from the Roxbury Church of Christ in the Boston area led singing.

Middle school students fill their plates during a recent youth rally hosted by the Manchester Church of Christ in Connecticut.

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