Horse whisperer to lead special church service

Published 10:04pm Friday, September 17, 2010

Long Baptist Church in Castleberry will be the site of a special service Sunday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m.

Pastor Irby Jackson said the service will be a unique experience for those how make it to the event.

“We will have Chance Hill, a horse whisperer, minister during the evening service,” Jackson said. “The event was planned as an effort to inspire people to come to church that normally wouldn’t come to a Sunday evening service.”

The service, which will be held outdoors, will focus around scripture relating to horses found in the Bible.

“There is scripture in the Bible that talks about how Jesus took an unridden colt and rode it,” Jackson said. “The scripture is found in Luke 19: 30-34. This service will be a ministry and he will speak to the congregation and speak to the unbroken horse. At the end of the hour-long service, the horse will be broken.”

Jackson said Hill’s presentation will show how man needs to be broken in order to live a Godly life.

“As humans, we are kind of like an unbroken horse,” Jackson said. “This ministry will show how we need to be broken in Christ. It’s a different way to present the gospel.”

Jackson said the message he hopes will reach surrounding communities and encourage church attendance.

“We have a congregation that has people from four counties attending services,” Jackson said. “We have folks from Escambia, Conecuh, Monroe and Covington Counties coming to our church. We want to get the word out and invite people from this county and surrounding counties to join us in services.”

Jackson said he is expecting around 500 in attendance for this unique service.

The church is located at 12540 County Road 6 in Castleberry. Those from the Brewton area should follow U.S. 31 North to the caution light in Castleberry and take a left onto County Road 6. The church is located about two miles off U.S. 31, mid-way between I-65 and U.S. 31.

“This will be a pretty neat service,” Jackson said. “We hope everyone will make plans to attend.”

For more detailed directions or for more information about the church and services, contact Jackson at 966-5480 or (334) 467-2341.

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