Davidson YMCAs collaborate for prayer

Prayer breakfast set for Friday
Sep. 04, 2013 @ 04:54 PM

The Tom A. Finch YMCA and J. Smith Young YMCA are teaming up to bring the Thomasville and Lexington communities together.

A joint YMCA community prayer breakfast will be held Friday, Sept. 6, at the Davidson County Community College Conference Center. Tommy Hodges, CEO at Tom A. Finch Community YMCA, said the prayer breakfast is an opportunity for the institutions to give back to the individuals they represent.

"We are very excited that our first ever joint prayer breakfast is almost here," Hodges said. "Our YMCAs have a long history of working together in efforts to strengthen our communities and reach more people. During 2012, the idea of a joint prayer breakfast was mentioned as a way to bring people together from each of our communities and from the county as a whole."

Breakfast will be served from 7:15 to 8 a.m. with a program to follow from 8 to 9 a.m. During that time, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker will address the audience as guest speaker.

Decker's position aside, the event is designed to be apolitical and seeks to unite citizens on the basis of their religious convictions instead of launching division along party lines. In April, Decker addressed the YMCA of Greater Charlotte at its 26th annual prayer breakfast about her call to minister and share spiritual direction with members of her constituency.

"Our YMCA mission statements speak to not only a healthy mind and body, but also to a healthy spirit," said Gene Klump, CEO at J. Smith Young YMCA. "And we have a great speaker in Secretary of State Sharon Decker, who we are sure will touch our spirits in her message. The prayer breakfast is the result of the hard work of volunteers from each of our YMCAs who have come together with enthusiasm, and we thank them for the great job they have done."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.