Com­mu­nity prayer event Satur­day on square

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - MADI­SON MOR­GAN­THALL mmor­gan­thall@cov­

It’s time for a new school year, and for the sec­ond year in a row, churches through­out the com­mu­nity have come to­gether to or­ga­nize “Com­mu­nity on Our Knees,” a prayer event planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 3 on the Cov­ing­ton square.

Prayers dur­ing the event will be di­rected to­ward stu­dents, fam­i­lies, teach­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, bus driv­ers, cus­to­di­ans, cafe­te­ria work­ers, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion elected of­fi­cials, all New­ton County School Sys­tem em­ploy­ees, the City of Cov­ing­ton and New­ton County of­fi­cials, and civil ser­vants.

The event grew out of a min­istry of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church that in­volved pray­ing for school­child­ren and teach­ers in its con­gre­ga­tion as the school year be­gan. Church mem­bers also vis­ited school cam­puses to pray.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of th­ese min­istries was so mean­ing­ful to those in­volved that they felt there was a need for a com­mu­nity-wide event. A com­mit­tee was formed, with mem­bers from lo­cal churches of all de­nom­i­na­tions through­out the county, and this group cre­ated “Com­mu­nity on Our Knees.”

Last year, an es­ti­mated 1,000 peo­ple at­tended; this year, that num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease. Par­tic­i­pa­tion has in­creased to a to­tal of 14 churches.

Be­gin­ning at 9 a.m. Satur­day, there will be a prayer wall and prayer cen­ter on the square. Vis­i­tors will be able to write a prayer on a stone and leave it on the wall, in keep­ing with the theme, “The path to the cross is paved with prayer.”

There also will be prayer cen­ters with an al­tar, and groups from par­tic­i­pat­ing churches will say prayers through­out the day.

The 7 p.m. event Satur­day will fea­ture both prayers and praise mu­sic by Eastridge Com­mu­nity Church’s praise band. Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston will be­gin the event with a wel­come; a se­ries of prayers will fol­low.

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