Pray and stay — that’s the message pastor Jeff Braden wants to share at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.
That’s when Braden will hold a special prayer service at Penfield Community Church for those impacted by the heroin and opiate epidemic.
“People are unfortunately passing away from overdose. It’s coming to light and hitting home,” Braden said. “As a church we are trying to create awareness in the community. It’s going on. It’s here, it’s real, and it’s a big problem.”
Braden’s church recently hosted a luncheon for a family that lost a loved one due to the epidemic.
“We’re shocked at how big it is here right now,” said Braden. “The first thing we want to do is create awareness that this is happening right now in our community. We want to pray for the families who have lost loved ones and who are struggling with addiction: We are here for you. How can we help you? At a minimum we are praying for you.”
Braden said a church member who is a nurse will present some information and statistics about the problem. Everyone is welcome, with a special outreach to those who have lost loved ones, he said.
“We are looking for as many churches who want to come on that night and pray for families and create awareness,” said Braden, noting more such services may be held.
The church is located at 40775 Rt. 18 in Wellington.
“All we can do is put it out there, let God do the work, and go from there,” he said.
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.