HARTFORD — “Nobody was doing this around here at the time, so I thought, I’m going to start this thing.”
These were the words of Pastor Randy Parsons when describing what inspired him to offer a Biker Sunday event at his Pentecostal Lighthouse Church. This will be the 10th year for the popular service held this Sunday at the church, with registration from 9-10 a.m., that will include coffee, donuts and cake. The service will follow from 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m., and then a ham dinner will be served for lunch. Everything is free.
“It’s just a fun day,” Parsons said when describing Biker Sunday. “It’s a good day for everyone to get together, show off their bikes and eat, and in West Virginia, you’re not having a get-together unless you’re eating. We’ve done it for 10 years now. I really enjoy it.”
Parsons said the first Biker Sunday began with 18 bikes. Last year, he had 80 attend.
“I’ve got people who come back year after year, and each year they bring somebody back with them,” he said.
Biker Sundays are known to reach a crowd which may not consider going to a traditional church. Parsons said he believes if you bring people into a church, it’s because “you love them in, not scare them.”
In addition to the fellowship and worship service, Biker Sunday will include trophies for motorcycles, including first- and second-place awards for street class, custom class and touring bikes. A new addition to the event this year are trophies for the best bicycles for kids 12 and younger. There will also be door prizes and drawings.
“That first year, when I had 18 motorcycles, I thought, ‘OK, we’ll go from there,’ and its grown every year,” Parsons explained. “Like I said, we all have a good time together. It’s (Biker Sunday) upbeat.”
Though Biker Sundays are different in terms of a worship service, they fit with Parsons’ philosophy on the type of church he prefers, saying: “I couldn’t have a boring church.”
Bikes are not required to attend this Sunday or any Sunday. The Pentecostal Lighthouse is located at Fourth and Main streets in Hartford next to the post office.
“Come and have fun and get something to eat,” Parsons said.
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