The Big Red Apple in downtown Cornelia will be the site of a community-wide prayer gathering on Saturday, August 21.
The event, dubbed A Call to Prayer, is being hosted by a coalition of pastors from nine Habersham County churches including Shady Grove Baptist, Prince of Peace Church, Life Church, Revive Church, The Glory of God Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist, Clarkesville United Methodist, The River, and Bethesda Fellowship.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. and will include music and messages from different host pastors.
For more than a year now, these pastors have met on the third Thursday of each month to unite in prayer. This weekend’s community gathering is an extension of that, says Prince of Peace Church Pastor Sam Negron.
“It’s not just an association, it’s a movement,” he says. “It’s a movement to get our pastors together to reach our people here in Habersham County, and in other counties, but especially here.”
Negron pastors a small church on Airport Road in Baldwin. He is bilingual and serves both English-speaking and non-English speaking congregants. He says the goal of this pastoral movement is to bring people together, regardless of their differences, to meet the community’s needs.
“It’s not a revival, it’s getting together a movement to work with each other, fellowship with each other, support each other, help each other, love on each other,” he says. “The Kingdom of God is not about competition, it’s about coming together as a community. It’s about people — not color, gender, or language. It’s about people.”
Organizers expect Saturday’s community prayer gathering to last about an hour. Those who attend should bring lawn chairs, as seating near the downtown monument is limited. Also, bring an umbrella in case of rain.
This article has been updated