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Bikers for Christ to host special church service

Thousands of motorcyclists are expected to visit Ironton during this weekend’s Rally on the River.

And amongst them, will be a specific group of riders who are called to a higher purpose.

Members from various chapters of Bikers for Christ will have a presence at the rally, offering free ice water to the thirsty and an inspirational message to those who want to listen.

Tim Yaniko is a member of the River Cities chapter. He said the mission of Bikers for Christ is to minister to those who live on the road and may feel out of place in traditional church settings.

“We want to let them know we love them and care for them,” Yaniko said. “If they need anything, we are there for them.”

Also in conjunction with the rally, Bikers for Christ hosts an annual Full Throttle worship service.

This year’s service starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Ironton First Church of the Nazarene at South Fourth and Pleasant streets.

Music will be by Beyond the Veil and regional Bikers for Christ elder Roy Bennett will be the speaker.

Doughnuts will be served at 9 a.m. and there will be a free lunch after the service.

Yaniko said everyone is welcome to the service.

“God loves them no matter what,” he said. “There is a love God has for them no matter what they’ve done.”