RELIGION

Emanuel to host first service since shootings, solidarity events planned throughout Charleston

  • Cassie Watson, right, embraces a fellow church member as the doors to Emanuel AME Church open after a cleaning crew finished working  Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. Congregation members say the historic black church where nine people were killed is going to re-open for Sunday morning service. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Cassie Watson, right, embraces a fellow church member as the doors to Emanuel AME Church open after a cleaning crew finished working Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. Congregation members say the historic black church where nine people were killed is going to re-open for Sunday morning service. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Charleston police officer removes the crime scene tape from the wrought iron fence in front of the Emanuel AME Church, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  A constant stream of people have visited the site where nine people where killed by a gunman while attending bible study. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    A Charleston police officer removes the crime scene tape from the wrought iron fence in front of the Emanuel AME Church, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. A constant stream of people have visited the site where nine people where killed by a gunman while attending bible study. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)  (The Associated Press)

  • A bicyclist rides in front of the Emanuel AME Church, Sunday, June 21, 2015, before the first worship service since nine people were fatally shot at the church during a Bible study group, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

    A bicyclist rides in front of the Emanuel AME Church, Sunday, June 21, 2015, before the first worship service since nine people were fatally shot at the church during a Bible study group, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)  (The Associated Press)

A historic black church in Charleston is set to host its first service since nine members of its congregation were fatally shot during a Bible study session.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is expected to open its doors Sunday, days after police say 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire on congregation members who welcomed him to the church's Wednesday night Bible study.

Several events are planned throughout the city to show solidarity with the congregation. Bells at more than a dozen churches throughout Charleston and elsewhere are expected to ring at 10 a.m.

People are also planning to join hands and form a peace chain along a bridge connecting Charleston to one of its suburbs.