Thursday, July 31, 2008
Community prayer group forms
By SUE WATSON
A community prayer group that focuses on building harmony among residents of the Holly Springs and Marshall County area has been formed.
Last Saturday’s prayer meeting drew 11 participants and three ministers, according to Rev. Bruce McMillan. The group will meet again this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the fellowship hall at Christ Episcopal Church.
McMillan said the first session lasted about an hour and a half.
“The energy that flowed was immense,” McMillan said of the first prayer meeting. “We all knew more wanted to come, but couldn’t this time.”
At this Saturday’s meeting the group will try to find another time or day to meet, he said.
“In any case, it was a very moving and productive gathering and everyone seemed anxious to keep this thing alive,” he said.
The prayer group was conceived at two previous meetings of a group of men who were seeking to find ways to bring about racial harmony in the community. A local politician, two ministers, and other interested citizens decided on the prayer group as a way to begin constructive dialogue and activities that would include anyone interested in improving the spiritual environment in the city.
Although specific topics may not be discussed, individuals can gather to pray about problems of the community. The group is non-denominational in focus.
At the first prayer meeting, Rev. Willie Jeffries of Strawberry Church and Rev. Milton Winter met with the group.
All are invited to attend this Saturday’s prayer meeting.
“The Spirit is moving and we’re very glad and thankful,” McMillan said.
The prayer group included some discussions, according to Winter.
“The focus is prayer, but we are doing some discussing,” he said. “We talked about things important to us. I thought it was very productive and that I got to know the participants better. I just think it's so important for people in the community to know each other better.”
The prayer group is organized and supported by members of both black and white churches. Christ Episcopal Church fellowship hall is located on the corner of Van Dorn Ave. and Randolph Street.
Parking is available on Randolph Street or in the First Baptist Church parking lot across from Piggly Wiggly.
For more information, contact McMillan at 252-6172 or your local minister.
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