Services available in light of sniper attacks

Several churches and organizations are holding special services to help residents cope with fear after recent sniper attacks:

– The ministers of the Eastern Prince William Ministerial Association invite the community to join them in prayer at noon on Wednesday at Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge.

“People in Prince William County and the entire Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area are living in the midst of fear brought on by a reign of terror,” said Frederick L. Parish, of the EPWMA and senior pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church. “Together we shall unite our hearts in prayer for the victims and their families and against the evil that loathes human lives.”

– The First AME Church of Manassas at 10313 S. Grant Ave. will host a service at 7 p.m. Monday.

The service is being arranged by the Rev. Ronald Boykin, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Keith Savage, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Manassas.

“Because of all the anxiety of the shootings in the past week or so, we feel a community service will give area residents a place to go for comfort and healing,” said Savage.

– The Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross reported it has material available to help residents cope with the traumatic event.

Online brochures such as “How Do I Deal with My Feeling,” “Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma,” “When Bad Things Happen,” and “Terrorism, Being Prepared for the Unexpected,” are available In addition, there are printed versions available at the chapter at 9317 West St., Manassas.

– Abu Nahidian, director of Manassas Mosque, said during mosque’s 1 p.m. service Friday, a prayer was issued for the victims of the sniper. “We’ll issue a pray for sniper victims and condemn any terrorist activities against innocent people in any parts of the world; especially the U.S.,” he said.