Local group plans second annual 'March for Jesus' in Grand Forks

March will be followed by a rally worship near Thrive Community Church

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Several hundred people, including Mayor Brandon Bochenski, gathered in Grand Forks Saturday, May 22, 2021, for a "March for Jesus." (Pamela Knudson/Grand Forks Herald)
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GRAND FORKS — The second annual March for Jesus is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Grand Cities Mall at South Washington Street and 17th Avenue.

The event will be followed by a rally worship at about 12:15 p.m. in the mall parking lot, said Joe Chine, one of the organizers.

March participants will begin gathering at 10 a.m. near the entrance to Thrive Community Church. At 11 a.m., they will start walking on the frontage road south to 24th Avenue South and then return the same way. The group plans to sing praise songs and carry banners and signs for Jesus, Chine said.

The event, which will take place rain or shine, is part of the National Day of Praise. It is expected to bring thousands of Christians to the streets of cities around the country, he said.

“This is not a protest or a political march, but rather a march or walk by Christians to lift up the name of Jesus in love, outside the walls of our local churches,” Chine said. “Christians will unite from different denominations and affiliations to walk the streets of Grand Forks, joyfully proclaiming the name of Jesus, singing praise songs and praying for their country.”


The rally worship, which will begin about 12:15 p.m., will include worship, fellowship, prayer, salvation opportunity, remarks and food, he said. If it’s raining, worship will take place inside Thrive Community Church.

Last year, more than 21 churches and Christian organizations from the Grand Cities and surrounding communities participated in the March for Jesus, Chine said. About 700 saw or attended the celebration.

The steering committee for the event includes 12 pastors and Christian volunteers. Organizers include Josh Jones, Phil Ehlke, Doris Lebby and Chine.

The March for Jesus began in England and was first held in the U.S., in Texas, in 1990. It continued to expand in the U.S. until 2000, drawing tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities, Chine said. The march was revitalized in 2019 as a national event but was greatly hindered by the COVID pandemic.

For more information on how to participate as a volunteer, order t-shirts, or make a donation, call (701) 484-2484 or send an email to: . Donation checks may be made out to “Love in Action” and sent to: 1395 S. Columbia Road Suite A340, Grand Forks, N.D. 58201.

On Sept. 7, 1876, the notorious James-Younger gang, led the famous outlaw Jesse James, attempted to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota. Town citizens, made aware of the robbery attempt, confronted the robbers. The ensuing shootout led to three gang members being killed, three captured and the end of the nation's most dangerous gang of outlaws.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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