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Columbus celebrates National Back to Church Day

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Raised hands, opened bibles, and praises went up at Faith Worship Center in Columbus.  All it takes is an invite, that's according to the National Back to Church initiative.

"As we look over the last 5 to 7 years, people have been drawn away from the church, be it the economy, people working more jobs trying to make it and sometimes people are maybe dealing with some oppression. I think it's a good initiative because we all know that there's no greater power than in the church," said Bishop Ann Hardman, Pastor of FWC.

September 16th is recognized as National Back to Church Day.  It's a day geared towards getting people back in the pews to hear the word of God.

"The first thing we should think about is coming and giving our lives to the lord. Then, God begins to teach us and train us,"  Hardman added.

According to the Back to Church initiative, over the past 3 years, the movement has grown to more than 7,000 churches all over the country.

"I think it's a good initiative because we all know that there's no greater power than in the church.  Jesus said, upon this rock I build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.  Church is a powerful thing," said Bishop Hardman

In honor of National Back to Church Day, Bishop Hardman's sermon focused on living a life of freedom.  She says we are all free, it's our minds that keep us bound.

"I would tell those who don't believe, come at least give it a try.  Give church a good six months and if you don't feel better then I want to talk to you because I believe when you get in the presence of God you're just going to change," explained Hardman.

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