National Day of Prayer events planned for May 6; volunteers needed

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By Bryan Marshall

Heads will be bowed and prayers will be heard throughout Grant County on May 6.

For the second year, volunteers have organized day-long activities to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

“Our goal as a group is to make ourselves available to pray with anyone that needs it,” said Seth Fulk, co-chair of the event with Carolyn Horn and Angie Knarr. “Our primary purpose is to make sure everyone understands the power of prayer and the necessity of it in our lives. Considering the tough times for our country and communities, as well as our own individual lives, we felt like there is no time like now to pray.”

The day will kick off with breakfast at Williamstown Christian Church from 6 to 9 a.m. with prayers every half hour.

A free lunch also will be offered on the courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with public prayers again offered every half hour.

Throughout the day, the group will also be assembled at every exit ramp from Crittenden to Corinth to be available for anyone that wants to stop by and let them pray for any needs they might have.

“The amount of people waving and giving us thumbs up at the exit ramps and downtown last year was inspiring to say the least,” Fulk said.

“We had people still talking about the event several months later and how awesome it was to see so many churches in our community pitch in and offer their support,” he said.

This year’s activities will be bigger as volunteers also will spend the afternoon visiting the Grant County Detention Center, as well as Grant Manor and Parkview nursing home, to offer prayers.

The Day of Prayer will conclude back at the courthouse at 7 p.m. for about an hour long closing ceremony with music, a flag ceremony and a time of prayer.

The group, which meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Williamstown Christian Church, also will have a presence at the Derby Day festivities May 1 in Williamstown.

Along with participating in the parade, they will have a booth set up for those who want to pray or volunteer for the National Day of Prayer event.

Fulk said it is impossible to put into words the success of last year’s inaugural event.

More than 400 prayer requests were heard, food was served for more than 500 people and 14 churches collaborated for the event.

“I was most proud of the fact that we were able to come together as a Christian community and put together such an amazing program even though we do not all go to the same church,” Fulk said. “I think it is a testament to the Christian movement in Grant County that for last year’s event we were able to put aside any differences we might have as churches and really show Grant County what Christians look like. The amount of joy and love that was shown to everyone last year was truly inspirational and I know this year will be even better.”