Better Together is a gospel-focused worship gathering that will include a time of worship, prayer and Scripture reading…not politics. African American, Hispanic, Asian and White pastors from over 20 churches will be leading this event.
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There will be an extensive amount of police presence downtown during that time. All City police officers will be on duty and additional officers from the Virginia State patrol will be on duty as well. Some roads near the downtown mall will be closed.
At the event, the pavilion security staff will be on duty. They will be inspecting bags as people enter. Please Note: No backpacks will be allowed and all carry-in bags must be clear.
The Water Street Parking garage will be open. The Market Street Parking garage will be closed. You may also park at First Baptist Church on Park St. There will be several shuttles there to get you to the event and back. If you take that option, plan to be there early to allow time for the short shuttle. (presently we have three vans)
How Long The Service Will Be and What To Expect
The worship service is being called, "Better Together: Lament, Repent, Rejoice". It is planned for about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Speakers from various churches will be leading different parts. Musicians from churches around Charlottesville will lead us in song and praise. Jay James will be the main speaker, reflecting on Isaiah 58:9-14, "When we come together, our light will rise in the darkness." DJ Carter will be the worship leader.
There will be about 1000 chairs set up. There are over 20 churches involved and early reports suggest that we may fill all these seats.
Follow up On August 15
All of you, and others coming to the service are invited (and encouraged) to attend a Wednesday evening table discussion hosted at Trinity Presbyterian. Pastor Rick White of Union Run Baptist Church will be leading this effort to engage churches in getting to know one another while discussing issues of race.
Show up, expect to worship. Please be in prayer for all the preparations leading up to this event, pray for protection, and pray for a powerful move of God that will impact our city!