North Alabama Conference to participate in Prayer Vigil for General Conference on February 5


At the request of the Council of Bishops, the North Alabama Conference will join other United Methodist Annual Conferences worldwide in a 131-day prayer chain leading up to the 2016 General Conference, which will be May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. Plans are underway for North Alabama United Methodists to cover Feb. 5, 2016, with a 24-hour prayer vigil.

"We are excited to be a part of intentional, focused, collective, constant and humble prayers being lifted up for the 131 days prior to General Conference from all over the world," said Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, chair of the Life Together Committee which planned the prayer chain.

Since the prayer chain is not an attempt to have a “pass the baton” approach to each 24 hour prayer section, no one needs to be concerned about what time zone they are in. Forget time zones and simply pray during the time you are committed to pray, wherever you happen to be. We are confident our God is not so technical, and we believe that God looks upon the heart and not at the clock.

Bishop Wallace-Padgett asked the Conference Prayer Team to spearhead the efforts in North Alabama. "Our conference is full of powerful people of prayer," said Lyn Cosby, staff representative for the Prayer Team. "We hope to reach as many individuals as possible to take part in our plans, or to plan prayer times and activities of their own."

A prayer vigil sign up is set up on the Conference website, where volunteers can commit to spending an hour in prayer. Click here to add your name.

Here are some of the prayer activities already planned for February 5. 

  • Special groups have been invited to join United Methodists in North Alabama in intentional prayer. Some of the groups who will participate with us are a Bible study group at Donaldson Correctional Facility, women rescued from sex trafficking at the WellHouse, congregations from other faith backgrounds and missionaries supported by the North Alabama Conference.
  • The Prayer Team will provide a list of prayer concerns and celebrations and information to guide participants in deep prayer practices.
  • A devotional for the Conference's day of prayer was written by Prayer Team member Bob Bentley and will be emailed to all who sign up for the prayer vigil.
  • Huffman UMC in the Birmingham area will open its chapel from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to anyone who would like to drop by. Other local churches are encouraged to do the same, or even plan an organized prayer service.
The Prayer Team encourages you to invite other groups to join the prayer vigil, in addition to asking individual church members.

Let others hear about who you invite, and how your congregation decides to participate by sharing in the comments below.

Also, share your Social media posts, pictures and tweets using the hashtag #umcnaPrayerVigil.

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