November 9th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN) - Congregants at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia, aren't just bowing their heads to pray, they are also ducking golf balls.
Despite nets and other efforts by a driving range that abuts the church property, duffers are shanking tee shots onto the church's property, knocking out windows and hitting church members.
One shot even hit the church's youth pastor. "The ball came through the trees and hit him on the head. He fell to the ground, stunned but not unconscious," Robert Mackey, an elder at the church told CNN affilate WUSA.
Mackey said he has found 2,600 golf balls on the church's property in just the past year.
"Our staff lives with the fear of being hit by a golf ball any time and that just doesn't seem right to me," he said to WUSA.
Willie Wilson, the general manager of Top Golf, said the driving range has put up nets, warning signs, and even bans the use of golfers using certain clubs on Sunday when the church meets.
"We have been good neighbors. When there's been an issue, such as a broken window, we've fixed it. And we have done so without hesitation," Wilson told WUSA.
WUSA reports the church wants Top Golf to be prosecuted for persistent public nuisance.
In October, a special grand jury agreed with the church and the matter could be headed to court as soon as January.
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