A Read Thru the Bible event will be held in Carol’s Park at the gazebo starting Oct. 12. The event will take place until the entire Bible is read, ending around Oct. 20. Each day the reading will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m., spreading the Word of God in Jones County.
Debra Hall, the event coordinator, said she’s excited for the reading. She said she can’t wait to see people come out and join in the reading.
“This is a reading of the Bible all the way through, from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation,” she said. “We call it Word of God speak, because it’s His Word and we’re speaking it. It’s the most powerful force on Earth. We do this to bless our community.”
She said a special kick-off celebration will happen at Carol’s Park on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. She said the reading takes several days, so they want to put everyone in the mood before they begin on Oct. 12.
“It will be fun, and we will have a speaker coming who has a real love for the Lord. The children’s ministry will probably do a few songs. This is just a great way for us to get into the reading,” Hall said.
The coordinator said people can bring a Bible to follow along, a lawn chair so they’re more comfortable and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. She said since the event is so long, they want people to be comfortable.
Hall said the last time they did a complete read through of the Bible was 2016, so she’s looking forward to doing it again this year. She said anyone can come to listen or read. She said it’s a nondenominational reading event.
“I’ve had people who have read in the past and were surprised it wasn’t so bad,” she said. “The readers get tremendously blessed. We ask people to read at least 15 minutes, but we won’t stop them if they wish to keep reading.”
She said if residents want to sign up for a certain time to read, they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at 478-456-1597.
The coordinator said the Bible reading is important because it helps to bless the community and brings people together. She said any age can come together for this and it doesn’t matter what kind of church they attend.
“People should come to be blessed and to be a blessing. Coming out and publicly reading shows you’re not ashamed. You’re taking a stand and showing you do believe in the Lord, as well as His Word,” the coordinator said.
Hall said she enjoys seeing people get excited about the reading. She said she enjoys seeing young people especially get excited to read the Word of God. She said they could be doing anything else in the world, but they make a choice to come to Carol’s Park and read.
“It takes a lot of people to make this a success,” Hall said. “People may worship in different ways, but the Word of God is our foundation, so come out and read.”