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MARION — A Marion church will be offering drive-through prayer for five hours Saturday, to anyone who drives up — or walks up — to its location.

Refuge Temple Church of God in Christ, 411 S. Hill St., plans to hold the drive-through prayer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to church member Ginger Rye.

The prayer will be held in front of the church, Rye said.

The concept for the drive-through prayer came after the church's pastor, Larry Lee Sr., heard about people driving by other people's homes and praying or holding group prayers at appointed times, believing that prayer would impact drive-by shootings.

About two weeks ago, Rye organized prayers in three locations in Carbondale, hoping to mobilize people to deal with violence — like that that claimed the life of a 19-year-old Johnston City man near her home on March 9 — and revitalize the city's Northeast neighborhood.

Saturday's prayers in Marion are free, and all interested people need to do is drive up and say what they want prayer for, Rye said.

Those electing to "drive-through" for prayer can center the church property at Chestnut and Hill streets or at the second entance, at Court Street, past Walnut (and past Walt's Pizza), according to a news release from the prayer organizers.

For more information, call 618-993-8110.

stephanie.esters@thesouthern.com

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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