(PHOTOS) Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine – Decaturish

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By Dean Hesse, Contributor

Decatur, Georgia — On April 27, several churches in the Decatur area gathered on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Decatur for the Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine.

“We bring our hearts, our prayers and our minds together tonight to pray, support, learn, encourage,” said Shelley Woodruff, First Baptist Church of Decatur’s pastor for community engagement.

The churches participating in the vigil were First Baptist Church of Decatur, Decatur First United Methodist Church, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, North Decatur UMC, First Christian Church of Decatur, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur Presbyterian Church, Oakhurst Baptist Church and Columbia Presbyterian Church.

People stand to sing “This Is My Song” during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Lynn Farmer of Oakhurst Baptist Church sings during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The Reverend Dr. James Brewer-Calvert, senior pastor of First Christian Church in Decatur, gives blessing and invitation during the Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine at First Baptist Church in Decatur on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Photo by Dean Hesse.

Jean Sherwood listens to a speaker during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Melitta Brandt listens to a speaker during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The combined choir of participating churches sings during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Reverend Amantha Barbee, senior pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church and Reverend Tom Hagood, pastor of Columbia Presbyterian Church lead a litany of prayers at the Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine at the first Decatur Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The combined choir of participating churches sings during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Reverend Dr. Sarah Erikson of the Presbyterian Church of North Decatur sings in the combined choir of churches participating in the Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine at First Baptist Church in Decatur on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse .

Irena Seferovic, the new principal of the First School of the First Baptist Church of Decatur testified of her life as a refugee after having fled the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina where she grew up due to the civil war in the former Yugoslavia during of the Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Fran Mohr and Debra Robinson leave messages on a prayer wall during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

(lr) Shelley Woodruff, pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur for Community Involvement, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur David Jordan, Reverend Tom Hagood, pastor of Columbia Presbyterian Church and Reverend Amantha Barbee, Senior Pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church sing the hymn “Peace Be On Earth” during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse

Paula Thorson sings during the Greater Decatur for Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

On April 27, 2022, several churches in the Decatur area participated in a prayer vigil for Ukraine on the lawn of First Baptist Church of Decatur. Photo taken by Dean Hesse.

North Decatur Presbyterian Church music director Huu Mai leads choir members from the various participating churches in song during the Greater Decatur Ukraine Prayer Vigil at Decatur First Baptist Church on Wednesday 27 April 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Shelley Woodruff, pastor of First Baptist Church of Decatur for Community Involvement, writes a message on a prayer wall during the Greater Decatur Prayer Vigil for Ukraine at First Baptist Church of Decatur on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Photo by Dean Hesse.

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