Church-goers to march for Jesus

May 30, 1998

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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Jesus March


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Several hundred people from about two dozen churches are expected to take part today in two Marches for Jesus in Shippensburg and Chambersburg.

"It's not a protest. It's just to celebrate what God has done for the churches in the past year," said march coordinator Scott Brown of Shippensburg.


The annual March for Jesus began about nine years ago in England, according to Brown. He said churches from the Shippensburg Ministerium have participated in the event for five years.

Brown said this will be the first year that churches in the Chambersburg area have participated. He said 10 churches have registered for the march in Chambersburg and 200 to 300 people are expected to take part.

The march in Chambersburg is to begin at 2 p.m. on Rhodes Drive next to the Coyle Free Library. The route will take the marchers down Main Street to Southgate Mall, where a prayer service will be held in the parking lot beginning at 3 p.m.

Pastor Mike Yeager of Jesus is Lord Ministries, and Pastor Eugene Strife of the World Harvest Church near Chambersburg will lead the service.

In Shippensburg, 14 churches have registered and Brown said up to 500 people are expected to march there. That march will begin at the Prince Street United Brethren Church at 10 a.m. with the prayer service at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park.

Kim Kelly of Chambersburg, a member of the congregation of Jesus is Lord Ministries in Cashtown, Pa., said Chambersburg actually did have a march "three or four years ago, but it was very small. ... I'd say less than 30 people."

The marchers in Chambersburg will be coming from a number of communities, she said. In addition to her church, congregations from Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Mercersburg, Hagerstown and Williamsport, Md., will participate.

The theme of the march is "Demonstrate the Passion, A Choir of Millions for an Audience of One." Brown said marches will be held around the world, including about 900 across the country.

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