Churches working together to address addiction

Submitted Photo A luncheon was held in April at the Clarion for area churches to hear about One Voice, One County, One Hope, which is set for Sunday, May 19.

The board members of the Addiction Response Ministry of Chautauqua County are organizing an event titled One Voice, One County, One Hope. This event is scheduled for Sunday, May 19.

The purpose of this event is to have all pastors/churches in Chautauqua County ministering as one voice sharing the hope of Jesus Christ to bring deliverance, healing and restoration to those in need as a result of addictive substances. The intent is for each church to host this event during their Sunday morning service on May 19.

The goal is for churches to be able to:

¯ Bring awareness to your church of God’s desire to deliver, heal and restore individuals and families affected by any form of addiction and substance abuse;

¯ Position and equip your church to better understand and connect with those who are affected by substance abuse;

¯ Celebrate the “HOPE” that is in Christ Jesus to live a life free of addictive substances.

An event was held last month at the Clarion in Dunkirk for planning purposes. Any churches that were not able to be in attendance are invited to contact Bishop Leecroft Clarke, chairperson, Addiction Response Ministry at (716) 483-3687 or email addictionresponseministry@gmail.com.