Beginning in September of last year, a group of young adults from Smoke Rise Baptist Church was put to a task through a grant from Princeton Seminary with the goal of hosting a “pop-up” event, led by young people to reach out and build a community that we want to reach, but have not been able to find since before the pandemic. We, along with 18 other congregations from around the United States, worked for four months, planning events to bless our respective communities.  

Through this task, the Smoke Rise Young Adults have learned to stretch themselves and work together on an event that none of us could have developed alone.  

Recognizing that many in our young adult generation participate in a season termed in 2013 as “Dry January.” We played off the Dry January idea and created a sober Speakeasy event in the middle of downtown Tucker. It incorporated 1920s old games, a social experience inviting participants to seek out the “rival Speak Easy owner,” and a mocktail tutorial led by Ebby and Adam Arnold. It was a good time and a safe place for young adults from around metro Atlanta to participate and hopefully ease some of the loneliness young adults often feel.

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