A gath­er­ing of prayer

The Covington News - - Religion - EL­IZ­A­BETH PARK news@cov­news.com

Community lead­ers and lo­cal church or­ga­ni­za­tions have come to­gether to or­ga­nize a community prayer event called “Community On Our Knees” at 7 p.m. to­mor­row, Aug. 11, at the Cov­ing­ton square.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was cre­ated to pray for the up­com­ing 2012-2013 school year for all students, fam­i­lies, teach­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, bus driv­ers, jan­i­tors, cafe­te­ria work­ers, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion elected of­fi­cials and all New­ton County School sys­tem em­ploy­ees.

The event will last an hour and will be a ser­vice filled with fel­low­ship, mu­sic and prayers. Res­i­dents who at­tend or work for a school are en­cour­aged to wear their school col­ors or cloth­ing with their school la­bels.

There will also be a prayer wall on the down­town square from 9 a.m. through the evening prayer event. Lo­cals can sign their names and put their hand­prints on the wall. The wall will have two crosses at each end; res­i­dents will be pro­vided with pieces of cloth to write their prayers and tie them to the cross.

“The idea is that we’re com­ing to­gether as a community. It doesn’t mat­ter what your de­nom­i­na­tion or faith is. It’s the community com­ing to­gether to sup­port each other and the school sys­tem,” said Claudia Minge, the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant of Cov­ing­ton First United Church.

“It’s been an amaz­ing thing to be a part of, to see all these dif­fer­ent churches come to­gether. It’s amaz­ing to work with all these dif­fer­ent peo­ple. It’s about prayer, our community and our love for Je­sus.”

Four­teen lo­cal churches and community lead­ers, such as the mayor, pas­tors, chil­dren’s di­rec­tors, youth di­rec­tors and spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tors for churches, will be in at­ten­dance.

With the in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion to get good grades, do well in ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and the pres­sures of drugs, vi­o­lence and al­co­hol, students have to over­come dif­fi­cul­ties throughout the school year.

Par­ents and school em-

Methodist ploy­ees face the chal­lenges to teach, guide and lead these chil­dren to be suc­cess­ful, re­spon­si­ble adults. Community of­fi­cials and civil ser­vants face the chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing the best fa­cil­i­ties, re­sources, pro­tec­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and community for students.

“Community On Our Knees” was started to give hope and re­mind these in­di­vid­u­als to never lose their faith.

“We [lo­cal churches] all in some way have some cel­e­bra­tion about the school year in our dif­fer­ent churches. We de­cided to come to­gether as a community of faith and go to the cen­tral lo­ca­tion, which we feel is the down­town square and come to­gether and pray,” Minge said.

File photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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