Area churches to unite for worship night

United Night Piqua takes place Aug. 18

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — Area churches and religious Christian leaders will be coming together for a night of praise and fellowship at Hance Pavilion as part of United Night Piqua, and the public is invited to attend.

“Essentially, it’s just going to be a night of worship,” Samantha Marion, an organizer for the event, said.

United Night Piqua will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park, 1300 Forest Ave. Marion explained that the churches as well as any members of the public who wish to attend will be coming together for a nondenominational night of worship and celebration.

“We have different worship leaders from Troy, Piqua, Covington, Dayton, Tipp City,” Marion said.

The inspiration for the event came from an idea Marion had about various Christian denominations coming together to celebrate their common faith.

“I had a vision for it way back when I was in high school,” Marion said. “I just remember having this idea of what it would be like to have everybody together and not divided by titles or denominations.” Marion added that this is what she pictured heaven being like. “My belief is that our job is to bring a little bit of heaven on Earth.”

They held the first United Night Piqua event in January at United Grace Methodist Church, and approximately 500 people attended.

“Everybody just had a really good time,” Marion said.

This time, they wanted to be at a more neutral location, so it did not feel as if it the event was being run by one church and instead, felt more like a communal effort.

Any donations or tithes offered during the worship session will go toward the Bethany Center in Piqua.

Due to limited seating at Hance Pavilion, attendees can register for their seats online at It is not required, but it will guarantee one’s seat if a large crowd attends.

“It’s free to register the seats,” Marion said.

United Night Piqua takes place Aug. 18

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336