Biker Blessing at Seventh-day Adventist Church Marks 14 Years of Fellowship and Safety
Posted: August 3rd, 2023
The spirit of camaraderie and a shared love for the open road filled the air as bikers from all directions converged at the Agape Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church for the 14th annual Biker Blessing. This time-honored tradition, initiated by Dave Lawrence over a decade ago, continues to draw more than 75 bikers and cyclists each year, celebrating the start of the riding season with a special blessing for their safety.
Under clear skies, each biker was warmly welcomed with smiles and embraces as they rode into the parking lot to the sounds of gospel music. The event fostered a sense of community, with riders from the east, west, north, and south exchanging stories and experiences as they parked their bikes and indulged in snacks.
The ceremony commenced with an opening prayer led by pastor Donville Cooper, the lead pastor of Agape Temple Church. Part of the ceremony focused on remembering fallen bikers as friends and families stood together in solidarity for a moment of silence. The names of those lost during the previous riding season were read aloud, honoring their memories and reinforcing the importance of safety on the open road.
The Alleyne Sisters graced the event with soul-stirring solos, reminding the bikers of God's presence and assurance during their journeys. Following the musical interlude, the bikers assembled in small groups to partake in personal prayers led by members of the church.
One of the most powerful moments of the day came when Angus, of the Creed Riding Network shared his life-changing testimony. While out riding one fateful day, he faced a harrowing situation that could have cost him his life. However, he spoke of how God kept him safe and expressed his thankfulness for His divine protection.
In a symbolic display of unity, all the bikers formed a massive circle around their motorcycles, while pastor Jayson Levy of Kendalwood Seventh-day Adventist Church closed the event with a prayer of blessing asking for God's protection and safety for all riders and their families throughout the riding season.
As the Biker Blessing concluded, the riders hit the open road, heading towards Uxbridge for ice cream. It was a perfect way to cap off the day of fellowship, faith, and gratitude.
The Annual Biker Blessing remains an essential outreach event for the Agape Temple Adventist Church and is sponsored by the Personal Ministries Department and organized by Melody McTaggart and Aundrea Belnavi.