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Band to kick off Saturday worship at Bonne Terre church

You have to say the name of the band to understand its message.

The name, “Stray 10 Arrow,” is a play on the words of the phrase, “straight and narrow.” That’s the way the band’s members say they’ve chosen to live.

“The Bible instructs people to trust in Christ Jesus and to choose the straight and narrow path,” said Bill Rowe, guitarist and lead singer. “Along the path is how we’ve chosen to live our lives believing Jesus is the Son of God, God in the flesh and the only way to salvation.”

The band brings its contemporary Christian rock music to Centenary United Methodist Church as the congregation begins Saturday night worship services Sept. 17. They’ll perform at 5:30 p.m. for four consecutive weeks.

“We’re hoping the band sparks an interest in the service among people who prefer contemporary style worship or those who simply can’t attend worship Sunday mornings,” said Rev. Richard Northcutt, church pastor. “Bill will continue to lead our music as the service continues.”

Members of the band, all of whom are in their 20s or 30s, say they were influenced by rock bands of the 1980s like “Bon Jovi” and the Christian rock band, “Stryper.”

“I would compare us now to Christian bands like ‘Third Day,’ ‘Audio Adrenelin’ and ‘Newsboys,'” said Rowe, Desloge. He plays guitar and sings and admits the band “tones it down” a little when playing for worship.

Other members include Matt Hill, Imperial, who plays bass; Chris Vaughn, St. Louis, who plays guitar and is the group’s newest member, James Dean, Union, who plays drums.

Centenary Church is located at 20 Park Street in downtown Bonne Terre. The church also offers a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

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