Ministers want stand against violence

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – An Antelope Valley ministers’ group wants residents to take a stand against crime and violence by gathering at the Antelope Valley Courthouse on March31 to pray for one hour. “Stand in the Gap,” will be an effort to call on God on behalf of the Antelope Valley community, pastors from the Christian Ministerial Alliance said during a news conference Thursday at the courthouse. “When I see the crime rate going up and things happening that are unsafe, and we are starting to put cops on the street and it’s not making a real big difference at the moment, I said we need help from the Lord,” said Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns, who also is bishop of First Missionary Baptist Church in Littlerock. The event starts at 10a.m. at the courthouse, 42011 FourthSt.W. The ministerial alliance includes more than 40 churches. At the news conference were other church pastors and Steve Baker, executive director of Grace Resource Center, a Lancaster food pantry. “My hope is we come together and pray for the community,” Baker said. “Pray for the homeless, pray for the children who need the extra touch so they can get through school and go for a brighter future, pray for all people of the Valley so we can have a united heart.” Sean Appleton, pastor at Quartz Hill Foursquare Church, said organizers want to make a difference. “We are getting the word out to get churches and church leaders to bring their congregations,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to pray for the valley and situations going on right now.” “If we don’t get the wisdom of God behind us, we can’t get there,” Hearns said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744last_img read more

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