Healing Day Itinerary

Call to Order

2:30 p.m.

Continental Park

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Call to Order

Before any celebration begins, it has to be called to order. One way is the Akan phrase: call - Ago and response - Ame, which means, "May I have your attention" and "You have my attention", respectively. Then, the master of ceremony must ask permission from the elders to commence. Once given, the libation ceremony may begin. It is tradition to pour libation in remembrance of our ancestors on all special occasions. 

2:30 p.m.

Continental Park

Libation

2:35 p.m.

Continental Park

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Libation

Ceremony to honor the ancestors

2:35 p.m.

Continental Park

Opening Prayer

2:50 p.m.

Continental Park

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Opening Prayer

Moment of silence

2:50 p.m.

Continental Park

Nation-wide Bell Ringing Ceremony

3:00pm - 3:01 p.m.

Continential Park

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Nation-wide Bell Ringing Ceremony

A symbol of freedom, bells are rung for joy, sorrow, alarm, and celebration; a facet of all of our lives in so many ways without our recognition. This nation-wide bell ringing ceremony would enable us to capture the components of healing and reconciliation which is vital to honor the significance of this moment and all who have come before so we can embrace the future together.

3:00pm - 3:01 p.m.

Continential Park

4 Him Gospel Quartet

4:00 - 4:15

Continential Park

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4 Him Gospel Quartet

  

In April 2005, Ron Carson, member of Wells Chapel Choir of Pennington Gap,  attended a program at Hales Chapel United Methodist Church in Gate City and had the pleasure of hearing three men from the church sing. (James Wood, Bob Payne & Marshall Long)


After the program Ron approached James and expressed an interest in singing with them. From that point they began practicing together on Saturdays developing a harmony that surpassed all expectations thus the birth of "New Beginning".


Within six (6) weeks, New Beginning was invited to sing at the United Methodist Conference being held in Junaluska North Carolina. This appearance launched an impressive list of invitations in S.W. Virginia as well throughout the region.


In 2008, New Beginning became a trio with the unfortunate loss of Brother Marshall Long. Nonetheless, driven by their undying faith and commitment to their ministry, the remaining three continued singing , albeit with a different sound. 


In 2014, the group recruited Mark Ross of Ewing and subsequently became "4 Him".


In 2016 Brother Greg Matthews moved to Pennington Gap, from Boston Ma. and took on the role of manager of 4 Him .


To quote "4 Him", "We are not here to entertainment you but to lift up our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in hopes that through our music someone may be touched".

4:00 - 4:15

Continential Park

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