Walnut Cove churches joining together to pray for town
by Meghann Evans
Several churches in Walnut Cove are joining together next week to embark on a 40-day prayer emphasis to “Seek God for the City.”
The Seek God event, part of a national movement, encourages Christians to join in prayer for their cities from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13) to Palm Sunday (March 24).
Pastor Tim Nelson of Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church is organizing the effort in Walnut Cove with the help of the Rev. Stephen Webb of Salem Chapel Christian Church. The event is sponsored locally by the Walnut Cove Ministerial Association. Nelson said, “The purpose is to bring the churches together.”
Members of local churches are provided with devotional booklets printed by WayMakers to coincide with the 40 day prayer focus. Ministers have handed out almost 400 devotional guides in churches, Nelson estimated. Family Pharmacy has some devotionals available at a cost.
Participating churches in Walnut Cove include First Christian, Rising Star, New London, First Baptist, Fulp Moravian, Salem Chapel, Peniel Pentecostal, and Rosebud Christian. These congregations have been asked to commit to prayer. As part of the effort, teams from different churches will have prayer walks through the heart of town Monday through Saturday. Six churches are hosting midweek prayer services at noon.
Churches will also sponsor different events in their local congregations. The effort will kick off Sunday morning with a pulpit exchange. Several pastors have agreed to switch pulpits that morning, preaching to a different congregation. Nelson said this will show congregations that the ministers are not just concerned with their local church, but with the broader community.
On Sunday, March 3, First Baptist plans to host a community concert and prayer event at 6 p.m. On March 23, a combined prayer walk will take place at 11:30 a.m. with churches coming together for one large prayer walk through town.
People will be praying for their communities, churches, schools, government, businesses, and more.
“We’re praying for revitalization in every area of our community,” said Nelson.
For more information, Nelson said check with a participating congregation or leave a message for him at 591-3611.
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