After local events celebrating the National Day of Prayer were canceled or moved online last year due to fears surrounding the pandemic, the Montpelier Ministerial Association is planning an in-person event this year.
The House of Prayer, at 115 Empire St., Montpelier, will host the event at 9 a.m. on National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 6.
And while the Williams County Health Department has pleaded with the community to continue wearing masks and social distancing amid a recent bump in COVID-19 cases, event organizers said attendees need not adhere to the experts’ advice.
“Certainly if someone wants to wear a mask they may, but we don’t stress it at all,” said GayLynn Harris, with the association’s Day of Prayer task force.
Festivities begin with a continental breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m. at House of Prayer, followed by a time of prayer from 9-10 a.m., when various pastors from in and around Montpelier will pray over the seven key areas of influence in people’s daily lives: the family, government, the church, businesses in the community, education, the local media and the military.
The theme for National Day of Prayer this year is “Lord Pour Out Your Love, Life and Liberty,” which is especially timely, Harris said.
“With all that the country is facing ... our country is very in need of this and we definitely want to try to continue to lift up these various areas,” she said.
This year’s guest speaker will be Williams County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Karen Gallagher, who will share her thoughts on how churches can lift the court system and its staff in prayer.
The event will also be livestreamed at houseofprayermontpelier.org.
The Bryan Ministerial Association has not announced any plans to observe National Day of Prayer.