photo stories: Prayers and Processions: prayers_15

Monday nights they gather to the gospel – not in a book but a in a beat.It's a beat led by Alexis Rogers, 34, who started Gospel Aerobics seven years ago at First Baptist Church in Norfolk. Each week a group of mostly women meets in the activity room. “It's really taken off,” says Rogers. “They yell and scream like they're at Bally's.”

Monday nights they gather to the gospel – not in a book but a in a beat. 

It's a beat led by Alexis Rogers, 34, who started Gospel Aerobics seven years ago at First Baptist Church in Norfolk. Each week a group of mostly women meets in the activity room. 

“It's really taken off,” says Rogers. “They yell and scream like they're at Bally's.”