MASON — Hundreds of motorcycles are expected to roar into Mason when Soul Harvest Church hosts its fourth Biker Sunday and Community Outreach on July 26.
“The goal of the event is to get secular bikers to church to hear the Word,” said Bill Davis, one of the organizers and a member of the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry, West Virginia Chapter. “We want them to see how much fun we can have as Christians, and that you don’t have to be in a bar, or stoned, to have fun.”
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast and fellowship at the church, located at 500 Adamsville Road. Pastor Jason Simpkins will deliver the message in the 10 a.m. church service.
After the service, bikers will ride together to New Haven, through the country to West Columbia, and return to the church, Davis said. Biker activities and the community outreach will then begin.
There will be a bike show, with first-, second- and third-place trophies awarded in three categories. Winners will be chosen by popular vote. There will also be motorcycle games throughout the afternoon.
Lunch will be served, including meat from Kiser’s Barbecue, side dishes, chips, drinks and desserts, as well as treats from SnoBiz. Several inflatables will be on hand to entertain the youngsters.
The bike show, motorcycle games and inflatables will all be held in the open field between the church and Dollar General store. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Davis said last year’s event drew 168 motorcycles and 969 people.
“It gives the community a chance to spend time with the bikers and gets rid of the stigma surrounding them,” Davis said. “And, it has been fruitful every year, with people being saved.”
Davis added Soul Harvest is one of few churches that continues to conduct biker events.
“The reason our hearts are in it is because both me and my wife, Cathy, got saved at a Biker Sunday,” Davis stated.
He said while the majority of bikers come from the tri-county area of Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties, last year riders traveled from Charleston and Parkersburg in West Virginia, as well as Logan, Marion and Cincinnati in Ohio.
“We do bike blessings, and the church just gathers around the bikers and makes them feel loved,” Davis said.