Bikers for God

Published 11:25 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Motorcyclists are invited to enjoy a day of food, fun and riding on Saturday at a motorcycle rally hosted by the Southside Baptist Church FAITH Riders.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Three Sisters Berry Farm, located at 2170 Joshua Lane. The rally is free and open to all motorcyclists, their passengers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Raiford Baker, vice president of the Southside Baptist FAITH Riders, said the group organized the event as an opportunity for Christian motorcyclists to gather and spread the word of God to other cyclists who do not have faith or do not practice it.

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“The whole purpose of this was to try and win souls for Jesus,” he said. “We’re trying to make a statement that you can ride a motorcycle and love Jesus. You don’t have to be the stereotypical bad guy who rides motorcycles.”

The event will kick off with live entertainment from several bands, including the Southside Baptist praise and worship band.

A free smoked pig barbecue lunch, will be served on a first-come, first-served basis at noon.

Also, the rally will feature motorcycle games, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and local vendors, such as Mike Duman Used Car Superstore and Tidewater Motorcycles, displaying various bikes and accessories.

The event concludes with a ride around the back roads of Suffolk at 2 p.m.

Baker said anyone who loves motorcycles, even if he or she doesn’t own one, will have a great time at the rally.

“The whole thing is just clean family fun with a Christian background,” he said. “Anybody that is interested in motorcycles in welcome.”

The Southside riders are a local chapter of the nationwide motorcycle ministry, FAITH Riders, which invites Christian motorcyclists to practice and spread their faith while enjoying their hobby of riding.

Southside, one of three chapters in Virginia, has about 25 members. The group participates in community charity events, such as hosting a motorcycle ride last year to benefit Operation Christmas Child.

For more information on Saturday’s rally, contact Raiford Baker at 646-4803.