MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. The Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church lifted spirits and helped people find a righteous path Saturday afternoon at its 11th annual Third Street Thunder celebration.
The Rev. Harvey Salmond along with the Rev. Andre Upson, the Rev. Julius Walls and Walter Grosvenor sang songs, heard testimonials and spoke with people who have hit hard times. Salmond said that the main purpose of the event was to bring people closer to Jesus Christ.
So often we cant just get our message across in the confines of the four walls or our church, Salmond said. By having this event outside in a park people that might not come to our church are more likely to come to a park.
Parishioner Tina Chavis said that Third Street Thunder helps to plant the seed in peoples minds about God who then waters it so that they could grow. Chavis said that at one point she was lost but the church helped bring her back into the fold.
I see the effects and benefits God gives to people, Chavis said. There are people we see here that will start coming to our church. We tell them that there are still going to be struggles but if you walk with God it wont be as bad as walking alone.
Salmonds said that the church also helps homeless people in the community. Whether it be praying with the homeless or delivering them food, Salmond said that one of the main things his church strives for is to help others.
When they come to church, not just our church but any church, they are transformed by God into a new person, Salmond said.
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