Local churches are getting involved with Transform Rockford by blessing the Rock River.
Members of the Christ of Savior Orthodox Church and Saints Constantine and Helen Church came together to watch the first ever blessing of the river.
People gathered behind the Burpee Museum to listen to the readings and prayers and even watch the cross being dipped into the river.
The ceremony was done to commemorate the Baptism of Jesus, and also to pray for new beginnings in Rockford. The churches hope to continue this tradition for years to come.