Naples churches pray for victims in Connecticut school shooting
NAPLES, Fla.- Those in Southwest Florida are coming together on Sunday for church services as they usually do on the weekend. On Sunday, churches in Naples are remembering and praying for the victims of the Connecticut tragedy.
The First Baptist Church of Naples held several performances this weekend of a "Christmas Story," a biblical account of the events surround the birth of Jesus Christ.
This holiday season marks the 30th anniversary of the performance. The church is holding 2 performances on Sunday (4pm and 7pm). This year, Senior Pastor Dr. Hayes Wicker says there is sadness among church members.
"Everyone is aware of the horrible tragedy. I asked the people to pray for the family of the victims, pray for the safety in our schools and churches," said Dr. Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor.
When Senior Pastor Wicker spoke to the crowd of about 1,700 who attended the annual Christmas performance, he mentioned the elementary school tragedy in Connecticut where a gunman killed 26 people, most of them children.
"I have seen the evil that has occurred. We live in a fallen world of evil and sinners," said Pastor Wicker.
Bob Beyer, a church member for 20 years at First Baptist Church of Naples, lived in Connecticut for 13 years. He lived about 16 miles away from where the tragedy unfolded.
"It's just terrible. It shows the evil in the world. Whoever is listening needs to to pray for those parents. We need to lift them up because the grief has to be incredible," said Beyer.
The Church's faith is strong says Senior Pastor Wicker. The church members have faith in Jesus that those suffering in Connecticut may somehow find comfort in knowing an entire country mourns with them.