Hundreds prepare to ‘PrayerWalk Brookhaven’
Published 8:18 am Wednesday, October 18, 2023
A few hundred people will be taking to the streets Saturday to share a prayer with their neighbors.
They are volunteers representing at least a dozen churches and they’re stepping over denominational lines to participate in PrayerWalk Brookhaven.
The one-day citywide event will have teams combing neighborhoods in all six wards of Brookhaven, knocking on doors to not only pray for specific or general needs, but to offer resources to meet those needs.
“The goal of this event is to glorify God through a simple commitment to praying for and with the people of Brookhaven together as the Church of Jesus Christ,” said Greg Warnock of First Baptist Brookhaven who is spearheading the event along with Phillip Sterling of Grace Community Church. They’re joined by pastors and members of several churches who have met for months to organize this prayer walk.
More than 250 people have registered to walk Saturday, and Warnock expects many more will come Saturday to the registration breakfast at Lincoln Civic Center.
“We’re going all over the city that day. Christians from Brookhaven who love Brookhaven,” Warnock said. “We know we won’t be able to go to every door in Brookhaven. But that’s the goal.”
Volunteers who have pre-registered and those who need to sign up should meet at the Lincoln Civic Center.Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast, complete paperwork and meet with the ward captains and street captains. Each street in each ward will have a team of two to three volunteers matched with a street captain who lives in that neighborhood and is familiar with the residents, Sterling said.
They’ll knock and hopefully be able to pray with someone, and be able to offer assistance to meet whatever needs they may have, he said.
“We’re coming to offer some resources that might benefit a lot of people. And we’ll also be able to pray with you,” Sterling said. “We pray this will bring glory to God and bring our city closer to Jesus Christ and one another.”
Each home prayed for will be left a doorhanger card that lets the residents know they have been prayed for (if they were not at home at the time) and has various resources listed, such as places to find help for single mothers, inexpensive clothing, and other helps.
Churches and individuals have met and prayed weekly for months leading up to this weekend, asking volunteers to sign up to participate. Several churches will also offer drive-through prayer tents, where someone driving through the neighborhood can pause for a moment to receive prayer.
But involvement in the event is not limited to those who have already signed up. Anyone can participate simply by showing up Saturday morning. No one will be sent out alone to walk through a neighborhood. Groups will go together.
Participants are asked to wear a light-colored shirt, and PrayerWalk Brookhaven stickers will be provided to wear, to identify each person as part of the event.
For more information about PrayerWalk Brookhaven, contact Warnock at First Baptist Brookhaven at 601-833-5118 or the Rev. Phillip Sterling at Grace Community Church at 601-990-2150.
The event schedule is:
9:30 a.m. Gathering/Breakfast at Civic Center
10:40 a.m. Send Out
11:00 a.m. Prayer Walk
12:30 p.m. Report Back/Debriefing at Civic Center
1:30 p.m. Dismiss