LAKEWOOD – Local parishioners will gather at the Chautauqua Mall Thursday to take part in the National Day of Prayer.
Director of the Better Place Incorporated, Roy Miller, says the event is normally held at Jamestown’s City Hall, however last year because of COVID gatherings concerns took place in the mall’s parking lot.
He says the in-automobile service was the largest turnout the event has ever seen. He expects this year’s gathering will yield similar results.
The ceremony will start with a prayer in unity before local religious leaders pray for the community.
“Especially as we’re dealing with the dual pandemics of COVID-19, and racism, a pandemic that has been with us for a long time and the church is the answer,” said Miller. “It is a spiritual problem and we are aiming to pull it out by the roots.”
Services will also include a musical performance and remarks from Chautauqua Count Executive PJ Wendel, Sheriff Jim Quattrone and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, among others.
The annual spiritual event takes place the first Thursday of every May, where Churches and their congregations nationwide come together in prayer.
Those interested in attending are asked to gather near the former Bon Ton on the north facing side of the mall just before noon Thursday. Parking attendants will be on hand to direct those to the event.