MADISON - Representatives of eight different church fellowships braved Tuesday morning's storms to attend the June prayer breakfast of the Madison Chapter of Christian unity ministry Mission Mississippi.

Chapter co-chair Neil Rich said it was clear Tuesday that attendees had a wonderful time praying for each other and enjoying some delicious breakfast from Georgia Blue.

"The weather kept some people away," he said. "But we were very excited that people from eight different churches, some traditionally black and some white, were able to attend."

The group, he added, is already looking forward to its next meeting on July 8 at Canton United Methodist Church at 3808 N. Liberty Street.

Pastor Jerry Dillon, who hosted the meeting at Parkway Pentecostal Church, said it is great to see a growing number of churches getting involved with the mission of the organization.

"I've been involved in Mission Mississippi for years," he said. "I just haven't been as active as I needed to be because of pastoral duties. We've really felt a need in Madison County to bring reconciliation, because unity is the key that unlocks the door for greater accomplishments."

After the prayer breakfast, the chapter's steering committee met to begin planning the group's most ambitious event to date - a Thanksgiving service they hope will bring together all or most of the congregations of Madison County's Christian churches.

Rich said the committee narrowed down the list of potential venues for such an event to the Canton Multipurpose Center and the auditoriums at Madison Central and Germantown High Schools.

Organizers plan to meet again after the July 8 prayer breakfast, which is set for 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

The other Madison County chapter co-chair, Keith Douglas Brown, a Canton Police Department Deputy-Chief, wanted to encourage others to join them next month, when hopefully the weather will cooperate.

"It's a great organization," Brown said. "Black, white - anyone is welcome. There's no political agenda, we're just focused on meeting and praying."