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The restoration of Pastor Bradley Hill

The restoration of Pastor Bradley Hill By BRIAN BREHM The Winchester Star Sep 12, 2020 Pastor Brad Hill of Grace Downtown of Winchester church delivers his sermon Sunday after being reinstated as senior pastor. Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star WINCHESTER — In April, Bradley Hill found himself alone in Williamsburg, fearing he had lost his wife, his friends, his church — everything. Hill, affectionately known throughout the Winchester area as Pastor Brad, had fallen hard from grace. The recovering addict who preached faith, love and sobriety every week to the hundreds of people in his......

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Can you help us build a few boxes?

Hello GDoW! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Can you help us build a few boxes? They cost about $25 each and in the last three months we have delivered close to 20 boxes of food. We are looking for donations of individual items, but if you want to build a box – Here is a list of what we purchased and the prices, Box items can change if children are involved. Spaghetti 2 boxes .69 EACH = 1.38 Spaghetti sauce .99 = .99 Mac and Cheese 3 boxes .79 each = 2.37 Chicken......

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We have Food Boxes available!

Please send an email to gdow@mygracedowntown.com if you need one. Each box contains a lot of the essentials like PB&J, Breakfast Cereal, Juice, etc. Also, if you would like to donate the funds to make a box, it is $25 and just make a note somewhere so we know what its for!...

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Digital Agency Seeking to Fill Marketing, Developer, Designer Positions

Creative2, a digital agency owned by a member of Grace Downtown, is hiring for four positions and asked us to invite qualified individuals from the Grace Downtown congregation to apply. Available positions include: Developer Senior Developer Senior Designer Marketing Manager To apply or for more info visit Creative2’s Careers Page. Please mention you came from Grace Downtown as Creative2 will make a donation to the church equal to 10% of the successful candidate’s first year salary if they are referred by one of our members. Please send your friends!...

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Rally honors drug victims, survivors

Area fatal overdose victims were honored with a Walk of Hope and prayer at the end of the fourth annual Addicted to Hope Rally outside Handley High School on Saturday. EVAN GOODENOW/The Winchester Star Facebook Twitter Email Print Save WINCHESTER — As blues guitarist David Roy played Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” in memory of fatal overdose victims at the fourth annual Addicted to Hope Rally on Saturday at Handley High School, Caleb Comer was wearing a memorial T-shirt honoring his first cousin Desirae Lynn-Miller. Lynn-Miller, a 34-year-old mother of five from......

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'There's a lot of love' in church's monthly meals

WINCHESTER — Zack Taylor has spent nearly a fourth of his life serving meals to the less fortunate. The Evendale Elementary School student, who is just a few weeks shy of turning 10, has been volunteering with his church, Grace Downtown of Winchester, since he was 7. “If people can’t help themselves, we should help them,” Zack said. Grace Downtown started serving monthly community meals shortly after it was founded in August 2015. On Friday, the church’s monthly meal was provided to residents and guests of Winchester Rescue Mission‘s homeless shelter at 435 N. Cameron......

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Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. They can be reverends, rabbis, priests or pastors. Though their faiths differ, they invariably approach people with addiction as equals. No Bible-thumping, no blaming. Quite a few are in recovery themselves. Despite some signs of a slowdown, the nation’s all-time deadliest......

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Rally offers hope to those touched by addiction

WINCHESTER — When Pastor Brad Hill came to Winchester six-and-a-half years ago, he never dreamed he’d see a day where the community’s attitude toward addiction turned from scorn to compassion. Hill started his own recovery from addiction when he came to Winchester, but he said there weren’t many places to go for help back then due to the negative perception people had of addicts and alcoholics. “Since then, I’ve noticed the community opening up so many different things,” he said. “We’ve got a ton of recovery centers now, we’ve got a lot of......

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