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"The ministers of the community and the YMCA secretary met in a body Saturday morning and formed a ministerial association, with the following ministers as members: Revs. E.C. Andrews, C.C. Myers, W.B. Shinn, J.W. Alred, D.D. Bailey, H.R. Kee, and Mr. H.W. Owens. Mr. Andrews was chosen chairman and Mr. Myers, secretary. The organization will act unitedly in seeing after the spiritual and moral welfare of the town and vicinity." 

  - The Concord Daily Tribune, June 25, 1913

Before they had their own buildings, many newly forming Kannapolis congregations gathered at the YMCA. Churches continue to meet at Cannon Memorial YMCA branches today, including FIRE Church at the West Cabarrus branch, Crossroads Church at the Kannapolis branch and Rock Point Church at the Harrisburg branch.

The YMCA took the lead to invite nationally renowned evangelists to the area, including Billy Sunday, to lead week long Bibal studies. The YMCA World Week of Prayer was promoted for more than 20 years with up to 10,000 in attendance throughout the week. They met the first Sunday of each month at the YMCA to "develop their service to Christ and the Church."

The Cannon Memorial YMCA hosted a National Day of Prayer Breakfast on May 1, 2008, and Bible studies are held in all YMCA branches to date. All board, committee and staff meetings include devotions and prayer, an important ritual that carries over into YMCA Youth Sports, Afterschool and Summer Day Camp programs.

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