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Church holds festive service at Raleigh Springs Mall

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South church moved their worship service Sunday in an effort to bring business back to the Raleigh Springs Mall.

The center of the mall became a huge worship service with a festive touch for Raleigh Fest.

"I had the costume, so I dressed up," said attendee Steve Silk.

Raleigh residents were invited to dress up in costumes and worship with Raleigh Assembly of God Congregation.

"It's just basically trying to bring life to this community," said Assistant Minister Chad Hampton.  "Life from a spiritual standpoint and life from the practical standpoint."

Church leaders said the Raleigh Springs Mall could really use some help.  It has fallen on hard times recently, with several anchor stores leaving and customer traffic falling off.

The event also featured a special church service for children.  Afterwards, they were treated to games, skits, food and toys.

"We've been listening to some really good music," said attendee Taylor Laury.

For the businesses and employees who make a living at the mall, the crowd was a welcome sight.

"It's nice," said mall employee Shay Vinson.  "It's an opportunity for the mall to get some more people to come in."

Raleigh Assembly of God members are already preparing for their "Christmas to Remember" event next month.  The event will feature free food and clothing giveaways, as well as free counseling and church support.  For more information, call the church at 901-386-5055.

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