First Presbyterian to hold Prayer Service for Children and Families

Valerie Lick • Jun 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A Service of Prayer for Children and Families will be held Thursday by First Presbyterian Church. The service, which will be in the church sanctuary, is open to the public and will begin at 12:15 p.m. It is expected to last about half an hour.

Kids in Bible School and kids at the border

First Presbyterian’s Rev. Kemper Huber spoke to the Times News about the event and its origins. The church held its Vacation Bible School last week — “a celebration of kids and families,” Huber called it. The church also hosted a youth choir from Virginia. After being involved in these kid-focused events, Huber said he began to think about other, less fortunate kids — especially the more than 2,000 children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I got to looking at these kids, thinking how blessed they are,” he said. “Then I got home and turned on the news, and I saw all these kids at the border who weren’t.”

Praying for all struggling children and families

At the service, participants will pray for children and families separated by abuse, drugs or any other reason. Huber and Rev. Sharon Amstutz will lead the service, along with Director of Discipleship Russ Pearson. They plan to offer prayers for families, kids, addicts and the downtrodden. Throughout the service, participants will ask God for a way to help.

“We’ll conclude with a prayer for God to help us find our voices and make a difference,” Huber said.

An idea that took off

Huber and other members of the church started to plan the event late last week, and the idea developed quickly.

“It’s short notice,” says Huber. “But it’s something we all felt strongly on.”

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