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 3. Here is a list of local observances:
Shelby County 2012 National Day of Prayer Events
May 5, Noon -1 p.m., at Arlington Town Hall, 5854 Airline Road. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Noon -1 p.m.: 6400 Stage Road, in the Japanese Garden behind Bartlett City Hall. For more information, please contact: Jeanie Underwood, (901) 385-6444, email@example.com
- Tuesday May 1, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at New Destiny Church, 5156 Raleigh Lagrange Rd. For more information contact Barbara Burks at BurksBailey@aol.com
- Collierville United Methodist Sanctuary, 104 Rowlett Street, Community Prayer Service: May 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Prayer at on the Town Hall steps, 9 a.m. Pray for Mayor Joyner as well as Alderman and other government officials.
- City Center Shopping Plaza parking lot, 622 West Poplar, Community Prayer: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Community Prayer Station will be open at the Collierville, TN 38017. For more information: contact Sandy Uran at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bellevue Baptist Church Fellowship Building, from Noon to 1 p.m. in the fellowship building lobby. Dr. Gaines will be leading the session and everyone is invited to come and participate. For more information, call Mark Gates at 901-347-566.
- Life Church from Noon to 1 p.m., in the parking lot, 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 email@example.com or (901)-483-9544
Germantown Baptist Church
- Germantown Baptist Church, 9450 Poplar Avenue, May 1-3 On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. they will have a Prayer Journey through each of the seven areas of prayer focus. The journey begins at the Bride’s Room and directions on where to go next in the journey will be found there.
- Family prayer breakfast at 6:15 in the Faith Building for $3 a person. Please reserve by May 2. For information contact Ann Wilder — 901-969-5803
- From 7–7:45 a.m–prayer time–the Pastor and staff will lead, focusing on government, our church, military, family, education, media and business. For more info visit http://gbconline.net/ndp.
- Weds. Evening Prayer Service Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., in the Worship Center, we will have a special time of prayer led by Tom Elkins. For information contact Ann Wilder — 901-969-5803
- 4:30-6:30 Community Drive-Thru Prayer time–Drive up for prayer. If you are interested in being a prayer partner, contact Ann Wilder at 901-969-5803.
- City of Germantown Town Center, 1930 S. Germantown Road. From Noon to 1 p.m. Meet at flagpole. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Evangelical Christian School, 1920 Forest Hill Irene Road, from 8:45 to 9 a.m. Enjoy coffee and donuts at the door, then from 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: a wonderful program about the history of prayer in our nation. Contact: Paula Threlkeld at (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. Contact: Nancy Bryant at (901) 388-9288
- 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 Rev. Emily Matheny and members of the congregation to pray for our Nation, State, City, Military and the Church. For more information contact Lisa Weatherford, 683-3521, email@example.com
- 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.
- National Civil Rights Museum Plaza, 450 Mulberry St., from 3 to 4 p.m. Praying for racial, political and spiritual unity in Memphis, Hosted by the Downtown Ministerial Association. For more information contact Steve Jessen at 901-526-8434 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or (901)-682-6644.
- Community Bible Church, 601 N. Bellevue, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on MAY 2. There will be a nursery, and activities for children and youth. Call 901) 726-WORD for details.
- Hickory Ridge Mall Food Court, 6075 Winchester Rd., from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. hosted by The Prayer Station. Community invited to pray for our nation and its leaders. For more information contact Verna Burrow or Carolyn Jones at 901-794-2789
- Kirby Woods Baptist Church, 6325 Poplar Ave., prayer Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 901-682-2220.
- West Clinic, 100 N. Humphreys Blvd. Anyone who believes that prayer can make a difference, please join pray and walk the Wings Labyrinth at the West Clinic. Patients, caregivers, volunteers, staff and friends of all faiths are welcome! We will be joined throughout the day by leaders of faith in our community. Contact: Rev. Sharon Herlihy — 901-683-0055 x1087
- 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 11 a.m. to Noon. For more information, contact Vivion Sisuse at 901-881-6013 x206.
- New Life Church, 3823 Orchi Road, from Noon to 1 p.m. For more information contact Debby Nolan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dirk Martre at (901)-8448-1111.
- Join Occupy Memphis for Christ, at 123 S. Parkway W. from May 1-3 for 3 days of 24-hour prayer vigil as we seek God for His solution to our problems as a city and nation. This will culminate on May 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a National Day of Prayer service. For more information, contact: Pastor Ralph White at 901-481-3320.
- 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 at 9 a.m. with a reception with the Women On Mission Prayer Group serving as hostesses to follow in the Welcome Center. Contact: Jim Meredith at (901)-332-4642
- Southland Mall will have a prayer service at Noon. Use main entrance to mall. For more information, call Ken Toney at 901-406-7322 or email@example.com
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 Jeff Wages at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennessee Events Outside of Shelby County
Courthouse lawn, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, contact Ruby Wright at 901-465-8975
City Hall, Noon. For more information contact email@example.com
Courthouse lawn, 100 North Main Streetfrom 11 a.m. to Noon. For more information contact Ruby Wright at 901-465-8975
Brighton City Hall, 139 N. Main Street, at Noon. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer on the Square at Noon to 12:45 p.m. Tipton County Courthouse East Court Square. For more information, contact Zach Cook at 901-848-2672
Moscow City Hall, 14075 Hwy 57 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Emily Bibb at email@example.com.
- Munford City Hall, 1397 Munford Avenue at Noon. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Prayer service at Oakland City Hall, 170 Doss Street, at 8:30 a.m. The Mayor will take part & all the elected officials, pastors, and community will be a part of this service. There will be a light continental breakfast served immediately afterwards.
- Oakland First Baptist Church, 8695 US Highway 64, 7 p.m. There will be a special musical tribute w/color guard presented by the Boy Scouts, elected officials will be present, & several Prayer Team Members will share their prayers. Due to the election year & special theme chosen for this year, there will be handouts to help us learn to pray more efficiently. Light refreshments will be served afterwards For more information, call 901-465-9346
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.
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. Sponsored by One Voice – DeSoto. For more information contact Tina Tatum at 901-351-4943 or Altatum1@yahoo.com
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Gabbert Park, directly behind Senatobia Public Library, 222 South Ward Street from Noon to 1 p.m. on May 5. For more information contact Cynthia Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.