QUINCY -- "March for Jesus" returns Sept. 29 to downtown Quincy.
"It's a great thing, a great time for the community," said the Rev. Bruce Rice, executive director of contemporary Christian radio station WGCA FM-88.5, and one of the organizers of the march.
The 10 a.m. march will travel west down Maine Street and be followed by what Rice terms a "celebration rally" in Washington Park that will include prayer and praise.
The interdenominational event is scheduled to begin at 12th and Maine. Participants are asked to begin gathering at 9 a.m.
The march was reintroduced last year after a 17-year sabbatical. Last year's event drew a turnout of about 1,000, Rice said.
This year's march will be a cooperative organizational effort involving WGCA and the local Christian Ministers Fellowship.
Last year's March for Jesus was the first in Quincy since 2000, which capped a seven-year run for the event. At the height of the march, an estimated 5,000 took part, with representation from churches across West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa.
"The original Marches for Jesus were designed for a seven-year run, ending in 2000 as a part of ushering in the new millennium," Rice said.
"Like last year, there will be no hidden agendas, no politics, no special projects, no fundraising," Rice said. "We'll be doing nothing but celebrating Jesus. The only agenda is to worship God."
Rice said there has been a series of yearlong meetings to better organize the march.
"Right now, we have 26 churches taking part," he said. "Most of them are from the area, but we have one coming from as far away as Chicago.
Rice said the inclusion of all denominations was one of the goals behind the original march.
" ‘Tearing Down the Walls' was the major theme for all seven of those first years," he said. "That goal included more than just denominations. It was about racial barriers and anything else that would threaten to separate the body of Christ."
For more information about March for Jesus, contact Bruce or Maxine Rice at WGCA at 217-224-9422 or email email@example.com.