Local group plans second annual 'March for Jesus' in Grand Forks
March will be followed by a rally worship near Thrive Community Church
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: email@example.com . Donation checks may be made out to “Love in Action” and sent to: 1395 S. Columbia Road Suite A340, Grand Forks, N.D. 58201.