BROOKLYN - Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited an East New York church today hoping to encourage congregants to join a movement to end violence in the city.

The mayor took to the stage halfway through the service and spoke to the congregation at Christian Cultural Center about the importance of raising education standards in African-American communities and the need to put a stop to gun violence in New York City.

"There were 25 shootings last night in New York City. Eleven of them were in one party," he said.

The mayor also spoke about a new initiative to help former inmates improve their job prospects.