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Dec 16, 2012 7:15 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Local churches offer comfort and support in wake of Connecticut shooting

Churches in Colorado Springs saw high attendance on Sunday as locals struggle to find comfort from grief following the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday.

At Fellowship of the Rockies Senior Pastor Stewart McWilliams had a simple message for his congregation when they gathered for morning services.

"It's absolutely essential that we pray for people at this time of grief and loss and mourning," McWilliams explained. "The events of this past week have rocked our nation; we recognized that reality at our church service this morning."

Pastors at Fellowship of the Rockies and other churches said it's important for people to seek comfort in God, family and their children.

"We did our children's Christmas program, at the end of that program we actually stopped, prayed for their safety and protection," McWilliams described. "As well as God's hand of comfort and feeling on those families that were devastated."

Thoughts and prayers will be needed in the coming week as funerals for the 26 victims, including 20 young children, are scheduled to begin.

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