HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As people around the nation mourn the nine people killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston Wednesday night, the Huntsville St. John AME Church will open its doors to the community to join together for prayer, healing, and peace.
Rev. Patrick Clayborn extended an invitation to the community to join him and his congregation at 7 p.m. Thursday. Local pastors and their spouses are invited to come an hour early, at 6 p.m.
St. John AME Church is located at 229 Church St NW in Huntsville.
Rev. Clayborn had this to say about about the events in Charleston and the service Thursday night:
“Our hearts have been broken by the news of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We grieve the loss of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his congregants and shed tears with their heartbroken families while we cover them with our prayers.
We are thankful to law enforcement for their due diligence in apprehending the suspect. We are in communication with our own local leaders, law enforcement agencies and the US Attorney’s Office in Huntsville, working collaboratively on ‘next steps.’
As a community church located in the heart of downtown we have had to be extremely attentive and sensitive to the safety and security of our congregation and over the last several years, taken many measures to better secure our own church. We suggest all churches make this a priority.
Our world has been rocked by this event – but not our faith. We have hope in God for a better day.
We invite the community to join us tonight for a time of healing. Pastors and spouses are invited to join us at 6pm, we will then open our doors to the community at 7pm as we pray for healing, understanding, and peace.”