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Church holds outdoor services


WATERLOO (KWWL) Music, prayer and inspiration. It's all part of an outdoor church service at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo.

This is the third year the church has held outdoor services. Reverend Morris Anderson said it's just one more way to get out into the community.

"Truly a lot of people you're not going to get inside the church. So the best thing is to do like Jesus did and go to the people," said Rev. Anderson.

Anderson said the services are about hope and playing a positive role in the neighborhood.

"What we're trying to do is just be a positive example to our neighborhood because each neighborhood needs to know there is hope in the city of Waterloo. Even though sometimes it may seem like there's not with shootings and robberies going on in our city there is still hope," he said.

The church had to get a noise variance order approved by the city council to hold the outdoor services. Reverend Anderson said there were a few complaints last year, but most people enjoy it. Plus, the message is positive. The Waterloo City Council agreed, approving the variance to the noise order.

Whether you're a church member at New Hope, live in the neighborhood or are a Cedar Valley resident, everyone is welcome.

"Even though it's in our neighborhood, it's open to the Cedar Valley. So we're just welcoming everybody to come and be a part," said Rev. Anderson.

Reverend Anderson said he hopes these outdoor services uplift people. He said to make a change in the city of Waterloo, you first have to start in the neighborhoods.

Outdoor church services are also on August 22 and August 29 10:30 a.m. at 710 Broadway Street.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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