In an effort to fight crime, members of the Fraternal of United Churches (FUC) held a prayer service at Philippi East community hall in Lower Crossroads on Saturday 16 November. The aim was to unite and bring peace to the area. Lower Crossroads featured prominently in the news in July after a spate of gang killings.The FUC is comprised of more than 80 churches in greater Philippi. The deputy chair of the organisation and pastor at God’s Tower Outreach Ministry in Heinz Park, Lucky Modiba said their aim is to inspire people. “We want people to interact with God all the time. They must give all their hopes and fears to Him. The police are doing a great job to fight crime, but we believe with the intervention of God everything is possible,” said Modiba, adding they are also praying for the police officers working in local communities. He said the service is a first and they will continue with a similar service whenever there is a need. “We want all the churches in Philippi to join us so we can speak with in one voice,” he stated. Ward 35 councillor Mboniswa Chitha said the service gave hope to the residents. He urged parents to talk to their children to stop doing crime. “The crime here is very high. And the people who are robbing others, hijack our cars and break into our houses are people who are staying here,” he said. However, he was disappointed by the poor attendance by the residents.Resident Nokulunga Tolbat said the service gave her hope. She urged the community to unite in the fight against crime. “Crime doesn’t know colour or race. We need to stand up and fight it. And parents must stop hiding the criminals in their houses,” said Tolbat.