In light of the recent tragedies involving law enforcement officers across the country, several pastors of local churches joined in holding “Praise in the Park” and other prayer events recently. The officers and staff of St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were specially invited guests to the event, which was held at the Chancellors Run in Lexington Park. The event drew a large crowd of residents, who gathered to pray for the community and those who are sworn to protect it.
During the meeting, local pastors took turns praying for the community, praying for law enforcement officers in St. Mary’s County, and praying for law enforcement officers all over the country. The pastors graciously allowed the invited officers to say a few words regarding the recent tragedies involving law enforcement officers; then all participants joined hands for a prayer circle. After the final prayer, the officers were warmly embraced, receiving many hugs and expressions of appreciation from the attendees.
The Sheriff’s Office extends its gratitude for this special event to Pastor Roderick McClanahan of Missionary Baptist Church, who hosted the event. Also, officers give special thanks to Pastor John Briscoe of Restoration Free Gospel Church, Pastor James Bell of God's House of Refuge, and Pastor Jason Staten of Living Hope Church. Lastly, the officers express their heartfelt gratitude for the residents and members of the congregation who offered support and compassion to the law enforcement officers in attendance.