City gears up for prayer vigil


The city of Madisonville will once again play host to an evening without hate, as the annual Community Prayer Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Truman Kimbro Center.

The vigil, going into its third year, is a prayer service for harmony and unity in the community and will focus on community and county leaders, as well as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel and school administrators.

There also will be a special prayer for children.

A reception will be held immediately following the service.

The service began in 2015 following police-involved shootings in Charleston, S.C.

The Rev. Edward Collins of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church organized a prayer gathering to provide healing for the people of Madisonville.

Residents of the community of all races and faiths coming together, in prayer, in hope, with one thought in mind — the victims of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C.

Since then, it has become an annual event, where Collins calls together community leaders, fellow worship leaders and residents of Madisonville.

The purpose of the vigil was to provide some solace, some measure of healing, for all those who suffer from violence and persecution.

Any and everyone in the city is welcome to attend the vigil.