Dozens of motorcycles and bikes gathered on May 13 at The Rock Church in Gonzales for the first Blessing of the Bikes. Bikers from surrounding parishes such as East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Lafourche and St. Tammany congregated at the church for a day of blessing and praise.
Though law enforcement officers were unable to attend on Saturday, the church held a special Blessing of the Bikes last Wednesday where the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police Motors Division were present.
Church members greeted the officers as they came onto the campus with signs of encouragement and a friendly welcome. Pastor Blake Melancon delivered the blessing and gave a wooden cross to the officers to put on their bikes with a blue line across the middle, representing law enforcement.
"It is so dangerous, on top of being a deputy, we need all the blessings we can get," said APSO Chief Deputy Bobby Webre. "We are a faith based community. When we were going through the floods last year and going through those hard times in Baton Rouge this community really propped us up."
The Blessing of the Bikes was made possible by The Rock member Paul Carrick. He had a vision to reach out to the biking community, and law enforcement, because it holds a special place in his heart, as he is a member of the In The Wind Ministries, a ministry dedicated to reaching the motorcycle community with the message of God.
"We just want to give back to the community, we just want to impact other people's lives," Melancon said. "It was a great fit for our mission and our vision statement. Jesus said 'I did not come to be served, I came to serve.' We want to emulate Jesus and serve the community."