Two area churches will host prayer services for Charleston shooting victims
Two area churches will host prayer services tonight in response to last week’s mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.
On June 17, a gunman walked into historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, where he sat in a Bible study for an hour and then opened fire, killing nine people.
Among those killed in the shooting was pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney, who’d invited accused gunman Dylann Roof, 21, to sit next to him during the Bible study. Five people survived, including a woman who authorities said pretended to be dead.
Cornerstone Church and Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will both hold prayer services tonight.
The Rev. Bill Godair, pastor of Cornerstone Church, will host the service where area pastors and leaders will be in attendance and participate.
The service, entitled United We Stand, is a call to pray for the community and America. The service is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 315 Webb Road, exit 70 off Interstate 85.
The service will include participation from the following ministers and leaders:
• Bill Godair, lead pastor of Cornerstone Church
• Bradley Taylor, senior pastor of Outreach Christian Ministries International
• Karen Alexander, Salisbury City Council
• Bishop Harvey Rice Sr., head pastor of Mount Calvary Holy Church
• Josh Vernon, lead pastor of Ecclesia Church
For more information about the Cornerstone prayer service contact the church at 704-855-1218.
The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, vice president of the NAACP in North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at a Prayer Vigil for Healing in Charleston to be held 6 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St.
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