Jason Harrison (left) and Pastor Jim Kiel of Cornerstone Church stand united in an effort to bring all people together regardless of race or denomination. The We All Matter crusade runs Aug. 23-30 at Cornerstone Church, 4836 N. Alby St. in Godfrey.
GODFREY — Cornerstone Church has joined forces with Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ in Alton to reach across denominational, cultural and racial lines.
The We All Matter Crusade will take place at Cornerstone Church, 4836 N. Alby St. in Godfrey, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 30, in an effort to unite as a community of neighbors.
“In light of everything going on nationally and closer to home in Ferguson, all people see is racial division through our media sources,” Crusade organizer Jason Harrison said. “Division is what the people see and hear — division is what is being shown to them. We want our local media to help present our mission, which is racial reconciliation and unity. We could be an example to other communities.”
A dozen Riverbend churches have pledged to participate in the crusade and will combine to offer classes and discussions on marriage, parenting and financial planning. Local Christian bands, choirs and musicians are coming together to keep in the spirit of unity by playing and singing together as one.
The crusade is free and will offer food, drinks, musical entertainment and speakers from churches to share personal stories.
“We want to build relationships with community members through Christ,” Cornerstone Pastor Jim Kiel said. “We want to make a stronger community, not just fill the seats on Sunday morning. This is not about adding to our attendance and we’re not going to throw the Bible at everyone. The perception people are getting on the news is just a small portion of a community. You cannot judge all by the actions of few. God intended for us to go out into the world — that is what we are trying to do with this event.”
Businesses are lending a hand to the crusade in an effort to show support.
“I think it’s amazing that our local businesses are showing their care and support,” Harrison said. “It’s our community that patronizes those businesses. To show their interest in bridging the gaps in our society, that speaks of their character, too. Home Depot, Halpin Music, car dealerships — they’re all lending a hand. That speaks volumes.”
Speakers include Pastor Marcus Harrison of Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ on Aug. 23, Pastor Val Kiel of Cornerstone on Aug. 24, Pastor Eddie Mae Harrison on Aug. 25, Pastor Jim Kiel of Cornerstone on Aug. 26, Pastor Roy Rhodes of Abundant Life Church on Aug. 27 and Pastor Greg Denton of Bread of Life Church on Aug. 28. All speakers will give their presentations at 6 p.m.
A Fun Day is planned at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Horseback riding, puppet shows, music and bounce houses will be available and free of charge. A baptism service will take place at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 for anyone who wishes to take part.
Empowerment classes schedule
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 27: Marriage Reunification
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 28: Financial Stability
Noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 28: How to Pray Effectively (Chaplain Mark Lane)
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 29: Tips for Parenting
Anyone willing to volunteer can contact Jason Harrison by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cornerstone Church at (618) 466-0466.