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Central Christian and New Life Fellowship join in outdoor worship

Rev. Chris Hayden (left), pastor of Central Christian Church, CCC Worship Leader Ann Bostel (center) and Rev. Philip Marlow, associate pastor of New Life Fellowship, will lead ministry, prayer and worship during the “Grass Roots Outdoor Worship and Prayer Time” set for Sunday evening, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Central Christian Church.
Rev. Chris Hayden (left), pastor of Central Christian Church, CCC Worship Leader Ann Bostel (center) and Rev. Philip Marlow, associate pastor of New Life Fellowship, will lead ministry, prayer and worship during the “Grass Roots Outdoor Worship and Prayer Time” set for Sunday evening, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Central Christian Church. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Central Christian Church and New Life Fellowship have joined together to invite the community to a “Grass Roots Outdoor Worship and Prayer” time, on Sunday, Aug. 23, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the lawn of Central Christian Church.

The service will be held outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Those attending should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Social distancing will be encouraged.

The church’s contemporary worship team band will minister with live worship and praise music and there will be a time for a devotion and prayer for the Huntington community during this time of navigating through the coronavirus pandemic.

Rev. Chris Hayden, pastor of Central Christian Church, says the decision to hold an all-community service was made for several reasons.

“Now that kids are going back to school, we want to encourage the teachers and our community. We want to do something that’s going to encourage them, to let them know we’re going to support them. We’re going to pray for them that night,” he says. “We also want to pray for our nation and the return of our nation back to God. But it’s mostly going to be to encourage our community and let them know that we’re praying for them and we care about them.”

Rev. Philip Marlow, who is associate pastor at New Life Fellowship, says he is looking forward to the community coming together.

“With everything going on, I think there’s no greater thing than coming together and worshiping God,” he adds.

Worship and praise will be led by Ann Bostel of Central Christian Church. She says she believes there are many believers in the community who are hungry and desiring to feel normalcy again in the Church.

“At first, we were just going to do this for our own church here, and we said, ‘What about the rest of the community?’” she says.

“The rest of the community is going through the same thing our church has gone through with COVID. So where my heart is on that is just to open it up to other churches in the community, and just to anybody.”

There will also be a collection of canned goods and non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit the Huntington Downtown Meals Ministry.

Central Christian Church is located at 500 MacGahan St., Huntington. For more information contact Hayden at 388-4508.