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Drive-in prayer services in the works

PARKERSBURG — As the community continues to face the threats present with coronavirus numbers growing daily, more groups come together to help in any way they can.

One of these ways is through prayer.

Two different groups have come together to organize prayer sessions for city officials, businesses trying to make it during these uncertain times, community members, first responders and hospital patients.

On Friday, High on Hope Ministries will be gathering in the Hobby Lobby Parking lot at 6 p.m. to pray for the community.

“We encourage everyone to come out and pray, this is not just about getting our ministry involved, but the community coming together as one,” said Carla Patton with High on Hope Ministries.

Everyone will stay in their cars to adhere to social distancing rules.

The group had previously planned to meet at the Grand Central Mall and then drive to Camden Clark Medical Center, but now will meet only at Hobby Lobby on Friday.

“When we called the hospital to talk about our plan to pray in the lot, we were informed that another group would be doing this on Tuesday as well, so we decided to join forces with them and we will pray at the hospital on Tuesday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. as well,” said Patton.

According to Christina Douglas, with The One Church in Vienna, they are calling Tuesday’s gathering project “Light up the Lot.”

“My friend Missy Morrison and I were talking and wanted to make an impact in our community during this pandemic,” said Douglas. “We saw somewhere in another state where the hospital parking lot was lined and full of cars with their lights on, and those people were praying over the medical staff that are risking their lives as well as the health of their families as they care for patients.”

Douglas encourages those attending to find an empty parking spot at Camden Clark, or if needed, start forming a line when spots are filled.

“We are not getting out of vehicles, so please for your and everyone else’s safety, do this from your car,” she said.

Douglas said she and her husband Pastor J.T. Douglas have obtained an sm broadcast transmitter and are working to get a station set up for attendees to tune in to.

“From 7 to 7:30 p.m., Pastor J.T. Douglas and myself will be live from our vehicle and will pray for these and patients,” she said.

Douglas said they will also play some worship music during the half hour.

“I encourage everyone to come out and pray. This is not for just one group or one denomination, you don’t even have to be a church goer; it is for the community to come together and show our thanks and support for those on the front lines of this virus and the patients in the hospital during this trying time,” said Douglas.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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