LEWISTON — Throughout the month of October, The Jesus Party Youth Outreach will incorporate messages of anti-violence into its monthly calendar of events for inner-city children.

Each Friday evening during its regularly scheduled services children will take time and pray for victims of violence. A candle will be lit and a special song will be offered in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Children will receive purple ribbon pins to wear on their clothing throughout the month. Although purple is a symbol of pain and suffering that reminds us of the bruises many people have sustained at the hands of their abusers, purple is also a symbol of hope for those affected by domestic violence.

People wearing purple ribbons let victims know someone cares about them, and they want to help end domestic violence. Wearing the color purple or your purple ribbon in public not only raises awareness, but also inspires more people to get involved.

The Jesus Party has been very involved in the campaign to end domestic violence since 2000 when the children’s ministry signed a declaration against violence at the United Methodist Church in Auburn with a variety of faith groups represented.

The directors of the Jesus Party, Rev. Douglas and Sonia Taylor, have pledged to take time during the month of October to work to eliminate the many causes of violence by asking their membership individually and collectively to select annually one or two causes for research and action.

The Jesus Party takes place every Friday night at 6 p.m. at their chapel at 291 Bates St. Anyone wanting to provide snacks and other resources to help promote these services can contact Sonia Taylor at 786-5568 or [email protected]

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