Local National Day of Prayer events

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952. This year, National Day of Prayer will be observed on May 5. Here is a list of local observances:

Shelby County National Day of Prayer Events


Arlington Town Hall, 5854 Airline Road, Noon-1 p.m.  For more information contact philnewberry@bellevue.org


Japanese Garden behind Bartlett City Hall, 6400 Stage Road, Noon -1 p.m. For more information please contact: Jeanie Underwood, (901) 385-6444, junderwood@cityofbartlett.org


  • Central Church (Sanctuary) 2005 Winchester Blvd., Community Prayer Service:  May 4, from 7-8:15 p.m.
  • Prayer at on the Town Hall steps, 8 a.m., May 5th. Pray for Mayor Joyner as well as Alderman and other government officials.
  • Schnuck’s Market Parking Lot, 275 New Byhalia Road, Community Prayer 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Everyone is invited to come by anytime to pray (or receive prayer) during this community-wide event.  For more information: Rhonda Tate, (901) 854-7762, or ndpcollierville@comcast.net


  • Bellevue Baptist Church Fellowship Building from Noon-1 p.m. in the fellowship building lobby.  Dr. Gaines will be leading the session and everyone is invited to come and participate.
  • Life Church from Noon to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of Memphis, 1800 Germantown Parkway.  For information contact Carol Leake at (901)-337-6194

Fisherville and Eads Community

11893 Macon Rd from 6 to 7 a.m., Noon-1 p.m., and 6 to 7 p.m. For information, contact: Emily Bibb at 497-1286.


Union Grove Church, 2285 Frayser Blvd., Community Wide Prayer Time, Noon to 1 p.m. For information contact Tiffany Swift at tiffanygswift@yahoo.com or (901)-483-9544


  • Germantown Baptist Church, 9450 Poplar Avenue, 7 a.m. prayer in the Grand Lobby.  Prayer room will be open all day for prayer.  Enter main parking lot and go to sanctuary. From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Community Drive-Thru Prayer time–Drive up for prayer.
  • For more information contact: Josh Creason at 969-5803 or jcreason@gbconline.net
  • City of Germantown Town Center, 1930 S. Germantown Road.  From 7-8 a.m.  Meet at flagpole.  For more information contact Stacey Ferguson at fergie2500@comcast.net
  • City of Germantown Town Center, 1930 S. Germantown Road.  From Noon to 1 p.m.  Meet at flagpole.  For more information contact Stacey Ferguson at fergie2500@comcast.net
  • Evangelical Christian School, 1920 Forest Hill Irene Road, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: a wonderful program about the history of prayer in our nation. Enjoy coffee and donuts at the door, and then join us in the Multi-purpose room. Contact: Paula Threlkeld — (901) 754-4420


International Harvester Managerial Park, 4523 Canada Road from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Prayer service to be followed by fun, fellowship and food from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Prayers will be offered by pastors and laypersons. Speakers include a former missionary from Japan. Contact: Nancy Bryant at (901) 388-9288


  • Memphis City Hall Plaza, 125 North Main Street, Noon, join city leaders and local faith communities for the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. For more information, please call (901)-576-6507.
  • Cancer Survivor’s Park, 701 Perkins Extended at Southern Avenue, from 9 to 10 a.m. The park is at Near Oak Court Mall, across from Theater Memphis.  For more information contact Carlene Inzer at (901)-454-5314.
  • Christ United Methodist Church, 488 Poplar Avenue, 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. in the Wilson Chapel. Prayer service led by Dr. Richard Clark and members of the congregation to pray for our Nation, State, City, Military and the Church.  For more information contact Lisa Weatherford, 683-3521, lisaw@cumcmemphis.org
  • Colonial Baptist Church, 1503 Colonial Road will hold a prayer service at 11:30 a.m. in their sanctuary. A light lunch in the fellowship hall will follow this service.  For more information contact cbaptist@comcast.net or (901)-682-6644.
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Avenue, will host a National Day of Prayer observance from 12-1 pm for everyone in the community.  For more information, contact the Steve Jessen at (901)-526-8434.
  • The Prayer Station.  6075 Winchester Road, Community Prayer Service from Noon to1 p.m. in the Hickory Ridge Mall Parking Lot.  Community invited to pray for our Nation and its Leaders. For more information contact Verna Burrow or Carolyn Jones at (901)-794-2789
  • The Prayer Station. 6075 Winchester Road, Community Prayer Service from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in the Hickory Ridge Mall Food Court, 6075 Winchester Road,  For more information contact Verna Burrow or Carolyn Jones at (901)-794-2789.
  • Kirby Woods Baptist Church, 6325 Poplar Avenue, will host a prayer luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Edd Lawrence at (901)-682-2220.
  • All-Saints Church will meet in the parking lot of the Urban Young Life Building, 1177 Poplar Avenue and hold a prayer walk and taking prayer requests from the community from 6:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. Total distance is less than one mile. Park in the Urban Young Life lot.  Contact David Stenberg at (901)-361-5634.
  • The Neighborhood Christian Center, 785 Jackson Avenue, will host a National Day of Prayer observance from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. after school for children and families in the community. For more information, contact the NCC at (901)-881-6013.
  • Springdale MB Church, 1193 Springdale Street, will hold prayer sessions lasting 45 minutes each at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., Noon and 3 p.m. The will also have walk up or drive through for prayer from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and a one-hour prayer time followed by punch and cookies, from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ms. Charles Etta Brown at (901)-262-0370.
  • New Life Church, 3823 Orchi Road, from Noon to 1 p.m. For more information contact Kenny Hodnette at (901) 452-0127.
  • Metro Plaza, corner of Danny Thomas and E.H. Crump Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact: Vanessa Sweet at sweetfamily@bellsouth.net or Dirk Martre at (901)-8448-1111.
  • Whitehaven Baptist Church, 4800 Elvis Presley next door to the Southland Mall, will host a prayer service for our city, county, local and national government by several civic officials from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. A brief fellowship with refreshments will follow the service. Contact: Jim Meredith at (901)-332-4642
  • Southland Mall will have a prayer service from Noon to 1 p.m. with prayers for several areas from a cross section of members of the community, with meet and greet time and light refreshments from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and an information table with prayer resources for the public open before event from 11 a.m. to Noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • The Urban Youth Initiative invites and encourages everyone to join student leaders and their mentors at school sites across the City to pray for school and summer safety, the neighborhood, our city and our nation.  A list of participating ministries and school sites will be on the UYI website starting April 25. Go to www.uyimemphis.org or call the office at (901) 729-3988 for more information.


Millington Civic Center, 8077 Wilkinsville Road, will have a 60 minute program with 7 leaders praying for 7 topics, and small group prayer at the end from Noon to 1 p.m.  For more information, contact Cary E. Vaughn at (901)-289-1254.

Tennessee Events Outside of Shelby County


Brighton City Hall, 139 N. Main Street, at Noon. For more information contact (901)-568-2444


Prayer on the Square at Noon, Tipton County Courthouse North Side.  Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the event.  In case of rain, event will be held at the Chamber Center on the Covington Square. For more information contact Debra Moody at (901) 351-6608.


Moscow City Hall, 14075 Hwy 57 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Emily Bibb at bibb2005@bellsouth.net.


  • River of Life Assembly of God, 220 Beaver Road, ten to fifteen churches will meet to pray together at 7 p.m. For more information contact 837-8781.
  • Munford City Hall, 1397 Munford Avenue at Noon. For more information, call (901)-568-2444.


  • Prayer service at Oakland City Hall, 170 Doss Street, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Mayor, Aldermen, Fire and Police Dept. staff, church leaders and musicians will be sharing.  There will be very light refreshments after.
  • Oakland First Baptist Church, 8695 US Highway 64, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call (901)-465-9346
  • The Faith Rider group will be available to pray for individuals and share their knowledge of the National Day of Prayer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Bring your lunch for fellowship pavilions on side of the church, off Hwy. 64 on Tomlin Road, while their National Day of Prayer Service will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. inside the main church.  Prayer, music, Boy Scouts will bring colors and pledges.  Retired Navy Captain Roy Cash, (nephew of Johnny Cash), and his wife, writer and speaker Billie Cash will be honored guests.


1 Court Square, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Everyone is invited to come and pray for our county and nation. For more information contact Ruby Wright at (901)-465-8975.


Mississippi Events


Hernando Courthouse lawn, 2535 Highway 51 South, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. For more information call 662-429-5590

Horn Lake

Horn Lake City Hall, 3101 Goodman Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music from 11:30 to Noon. Event starts at Noon.  For more information, contact Mark Brown at (901)-494-9327

Olive Branch

Mineral Wells UMC, 5400 Center Hill Road, joint prayer service with seven participating churches from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information call (662) 890-7050


Southaven City Hall, 8710 Northwest Drive, from Noon to 1 p.m. city, church and local leaders will gather to agree in prayer for our Nation.  KC Johns to lead worship.  For more information, please contact Tina Tatum at altatum1@yahoo.com.


Gabbert Park, directly behind Senatobia Public Library, 222 South Ward Street from Noon to 1 p.m. For more information contact Cynthia Todd at cynthiastodd@hotmail.com.


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