Pierce County’s observance of the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 7, will be different this year owing to the threat posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
No public events are planned for this year’s observance due to social distancing and other guidelines in place to combat the virus.
The day is generally observed with a service at noon in Offerman for residents of the northern part of the county.
The Pierce County Ministerial Alliance usually hosts an observance at First Baptist Church. Pastor Kevin Grissom, president of the ministerial association, had initiated plans earlier this year for a larger celebration in the city park, but all plans have been canceled now as well.
“We encourage all Christians to stop wherever you are at noon Thursday, May 7, and have a time of prayer and reflection. We will not be holding an in-person gathering this year due to the virus,” said the Rev. James Lightsey, pastor of Offerman Baptist Church. Lightsey is the organizer of the Offerman observance each year.
Grissom echoed Lightsey’s comments, noting most who attend the National Day of Prayer service are elderly and are still ordered by Governor Brian Kemp to remain sheltered in place through June 12.
The National Day of Prayer is now in its 69th year.
The theme of the this year’s observance will be “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth” based on Habakkuk 2:14.