Photo provided: TAYA brings together teens and young adults once a month for a night of gaming and fun with a positive message.

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X Box, laser tag and games help kids know Jesus

Published 10:54am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Video games, laser tag and God usually aren’t grouped together, but this Saturday, Love of God Family Church will put on an event that will bring more than 50 kids together for a night of fun with a message.

TAYA (Teens and Young Adults) is held at the YMCA on the third Saturday of each month throughout the school year. The church brings in around 15 TVs along with a variety of gaming systems including X Box 360s, Wiis, Playstation 3s and retro games for kids to play.

The monthly event runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and about a half hour of each night is dedicated to the “Real Deal with God,” where everyone takes a break from the games learn about God’s word. There will be plenty of food provided after the Real Deal.

“This is an environment that’s fun and safe,” said the Rev. Maggie Aul. “The coolest thing that happens is that people come here from all different walks of life, and every barrier of status, popularity and loneliness are all broken down, and everyone is friends.”

New to TAYA this year is laser tag. When the building closes at 8 p.m., more than 30 obstacles will be brought into a gym, and laser tag gear will be provided.

Game systems, TVs and laser tag equipment is expensive, but Aul said it is all worth it.

“Nobody at our church gets paid,” Aul said. “It’s all done on a volunteer basis. We want our money to go out into the community so we can reach people.”

TAYA has been going on since 2007, but this will be the first year it will be held at the YMCA each month.

“This is a great place for kids to come and just hang out,” Aul said. “Kids like to play games, and this is a really great way for everyone to come together.”

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