A local pastors network, the Interdenominational Movement for Pastoral Accountability, Collaboration and Training (IMPACT), formerly PACT, held a Unity Prayer Service for the City of Baltimore, its leadership and its churches during their state of emergency in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The public was invited to the prayer service, held April 29 at Springfield Baptist Church.
"While many will be unable to cancel their midweek services and Bible study this Wednesday, we felt compelled to organize an immediate spiritual response especially since church property has not escaped the wrath of violence, vandalism and fire. We urge you to pray from your sanctuaries," said a letter from IMPACT.
Springfield Baptist Pastor Eric W. Lee opened the service. The following pastors participated and led prayers for seven areas: Shady Grove Baptist Pastor J. Phillip Baker, for pastors and church leaders; Macedonia Baptist Pastor Billie Cox, for elected leadership and justice system; for families, youth and children; Bald Rock Baptist Pastor Christopher Shipp, for at-risk men and boys; Old Pleasant Hill Baptist Pastor Layne Fields, for schools; Church of New Beginnings Pastor Aldren Sadler, Sr., for law enforcement; Straight Gate Church Pastor George Levett, Jr., for ending the cycle of poverty.
A donation was collected for the Southern Baptist Church of Baltimore, which saw its senior community and housing center, expected to house 60 seniors in need, burned to the ground.