LEATHERWOOD — Hands Across Big Leatherwood is now an annual tradition, as the event celebrated its second year of bringing food, fun and prayer to the people of Southeastern Kentucky on Sunday. The gathering is organized by Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church and takes place on the church grounds.
“Wouldn’t it be great if the event grew until it became hands across Perry County and then hands across Kentucky?” said Alberta Williams, the event’s coordinator.
Hands Across Big Leatherwood has indeed grown in only a two-year span. The 2016 edition attracted more than 400 visitors into the Leatherwood community. Kids enjoyed inflatables and games. Music was provided by The Jack Strong Band. There was plenty of food and fellowship throughout the afternoon. One unique feature of this celebration is a motorcycle show.
“We don’t really have enough room for a car show,” said Williams, “But a motorcycle show works perfect.”
Joining hands in prayer is a common practice for every Christian congregation. On Sunday, the crowd in Leatherwood held hands and prayed for the guidance and well-being of local leaders, especially law enforcement officials. Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen led a prayer at the event for those serving and protecting our community, as well as those from all across the land, who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Eddie Williams is the pastor of Big Leatherwood First Baptist. The church hosts several events for the public throughout the year with members of the congregation volunteering to bring it all together.
After the event, Eddie Williams said, “It was wonderful to see men, women and children from all walks of life gather and pray for our national, state and local issues. God truly will honor those prayers. Praise The Lord!”
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.