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Mineral Wells man makes appeal for church bells to ring

PARKERSBURG — Area churches are being encouraged to ring their bells at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 3, in observance of the Trinity and to call people “back to the church,” according to an organizer.

“I am asking churches to participate because I feel since the COVID-19 pandemic attendance has not bounced back,” said Hank Bowry of Mineral Wells.

Churches are being asked to ring their bells or make other commemorations for three minutes on Sunday signifying in those three minutes the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, Bowry said.

“My attempt by doing this is to once again get the church bells ringing in our community for people to hear. If all churches participate in this, we are hoping the bells will call people of the community back to the church,” he said. “I spoke to a local child the other day that had never even heard church bells.”

Numerous churches have been contacted and have agreed to participate, Bowry, who attends the Big Tygart Church near Rockport on W.Va. 21, said.

“The word has spread and now churches as far away as Charlotte, N.C., and Pensacola, Fla.

“I believe that if people hear the bells, then it will be in a sense ‘church bells calling you home,'” Bowry said. “So many are homeless and addicted and just hearing the church bells could change their lives also is my hope.”

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