‘Praize Without Walls’ returns to unite community

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Inside the walls of Bethel Restoration Center, you’ll find a community full of love.  Sharing that love is the goal of “Praize Without Walls.”

“That’s actually going out of the church walls, going into communities, and talking with the people,” said Pastor John Gray.

Gray says the goal is to form relationships with all of their neighbors, regardless of if they go to church or not.

“We are a part of them, we want fellowship with them,” he said.  That’s why “Praize Without Walls” is taking place outside in the community.

Gray said, “You just want to be proactive, you want to already develop a relationship.”

For the first year, they’re partnering with Union Baptist Church, which is right down the road.  You’ll find both groups at tomorrow’s event, as well as food, music, games, school supplies for kids and three local police departments.

“We just want to go in there, not because it’s troublesome or something has happened, but simply, we want to go in and show how much we’re concerned about the community and how much the police department, the fire department and all of those entities are concerned with the community,” said Gray.  “Not just in an emergency, not just for crime, but for, you know, relationship as well.”

They hope by connecting neighbors, they can stop crime before it starts.

Gray said, “Sometimes what you need is right at your hand, and you don’t know it, because you have not really made any initiative to see what’s out there.”

“Praize Without Walls” starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. on Saturday.  It’s free and taking place at Highland Park, 703 N. Henry Street, Williamsburg VA. 

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