Free training scheduled at area churches in preparation for upcoming Rappahannock Area Celebration

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., April 14, 2022 – As the Rappahannock Area Celebration with Will Graham approaches, event organizers will offer a series of free classes to help local Christians develop their faith and learn to talk to others about their beliefs. The sessions are the latest in a lineup of Celebration-related events which will culminate with the daylong outreach at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, June 25, 2022.

“Many Christians want to share their faith with others. They have found hope and peace in a relationship with Jesus, and they want to pass it on. However, they often don’t feel equipped to do so,” said Bob Hickling, who is directing the Rappahannock Area Celebration. “As we make our plans to proclaim a message of hope in Fredericksburg on June 25, we also want to prepare local believers to share the love of Jesus one-on-one and do it effectively.”

The series—called the Christian Life and Witness Course—is open to everybody. No registration is needed and there is no cost to attend. Classes begin April 18 in churches across the area. The three-week training course is offered at 15 different churches (at various times and dates) to make it accessible to anybody who wants to participate. Different information will be presented each week, building on the previous week’s session. Therefore, it is important to attend all three weeks. However, attendees do not need to go to the same location every time.

A full list of churches, dates and times can be found here.

A special student-focused Christian Life and Witness Course—called PURSUIT—will be held on April 30 at Fredericksburg Christian School. The daylong event is for middle school, high school and college students, as well as adult leaders, and will include music, prizes, and the chance to worship with other students from across the Rappahannock region. PURSUIT is free, but registration is required.

Those age 13 and older who complete the Christian Life and Witness Course or PURSUIT will have the opportunity to apply to serve as counselors at the Rappahannock Area Celebration.

For more information about the Rappahannock Area Celebration, including a full calendar of events, please visit    

About the Rappahannock Area Celebration with Will Graham

The Rappahannock Area Celebration with Will Graham will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center, June 25, 2022. Will Graham is the third generation of Grahams to proclaim the Gospel under the banner of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Will has shared the hope of Jesus with more than one million people across six continents since beginning his evangelistic ministry in 2006.

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