Please join us on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. for a service dedicated to prayer, awareness, healing and hope for those affected by child abuse. This event is a community event open to all who wish to attend.
The service will feature representatives from the CARE Center of Indiana County and the Alice Paul House. Representatives of these groups will be available in the Fellowship Room after the service. Clergy will be on hand to pray with those who request it.
This will be a service of prayer, safety, and awareness that aims to accomplish some basic goals:
- Raise awareness of the issues of and around child abuse locally, nationally, globally
- Create a prayerful space to lift these issues up to God as we seek the guidance of our faith in working to support survivors and service providers
- Create a space of stillness for those affected by the violence of child abuse
- To grieve the victims of this violence and seek God’s peace
- To praise God for the hope that survives within in us and the light that shines in the stories of those who survive and thrive
- To lift up the work of those who serve victims and survivors
- To simply pray, listen to God, and be in the presence of the Spirit
Light refreshments will be served after the service.
A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds accounting for millions of investigations per year. Every day, four to five children are lost forever in cases of fatal child abuse and this is only in the United States. Across the globe, children remain among the most at-risk populations for acts of violence, exploitation, and abuse that are woefully underreported and that stretch the ability of service agencies to their limits. As human brokenness leads nations to war, fuels addictions to power, and feeds the demand for human trafficking and human suffering, we will gather to bring these truths to our community and to lift them up to God in Prayer.