Pastors pray for unity in Ritchie

2016-12-07 06:01
Various church leaders led the congregation in a chain of prayer for unity and a safer festive season. Photos: Boipelo Mere

Various church leaders led the congregation in a chain of prayer for unity and a safer festive season. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The Ritchie Council of Churches, which has been in existence for 20 years, will continue its efforts to get the youth to participate in uniting their community and to put an emphasis on matters related to peace, safety and unity.

This is after the clearly low turnout at the safer festive season prayer service that was also aimed at uniting different churches through breaking the boundaries amongst different religions and congregations.

The prayer service was hosted in Ritchie, opposite the bus stop, on Saturday (03/12).

Praise and worship was the main part of the programme and different pastors led the congregants in a chain of prayer to thank God and ask for strength to start 2017 with a positive attitude.

Ritchie currently consists of Ward 26 and 27 and experiences a high rate of abuse of alcohol and gang related violence.

According to Past. Irene Farland, the council is tired of their small town being so notorious for these issues, thus they are standing up to do something about it.

“We are on the right path to transform the image of our small town in a positive manner.

“We will persist with these initiatives until everyone sees the good in it,” Farland said.

According to her, as long as the council has representation in various churches and participates, there is no turning back from getting the youth on board, as the event was considered a success by them.

According to Past. Louise Farland, who is also a member of the council, the ceremony is earmarked to be hosted annually, as they are starting to write a book on the history of Ritchie.

Unity, according to Farland, is only part of the package where members of the community will be granted the advantage of a safer festive season and enjoy the Christmas season.

He made these comments to the congregations in Ritchie.

“We are in a festive mood and should celebrate it in peace and unison.

“We have to celebrate the birth of Christ in His name.

“The only way to observe the fight against women and child abuse is through unity alone,” Farland said.

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