Youth call churches to non-stop prayer


By Woody Woodrick
Advocate Editor

United Methodist youth in Mississippi are calling on their fellow church members to spend the next year focused on prayer.

The Mississippi Conference Council on Youth Ministry “Pray Without Ceasing” plan began Sept. 1 and runs through July 31. The program is modeled after a similar effort in the British Methodist Church.

Conference Youth Coordinator the Rev. John Richardson of New Albany said the program has two goals:

  • To spend a year in discernment of God’s leading for the future of conference youth ministry as CCYM begins to work with the new director of Connectional Ministries, the Rev. Steve Casteel, and seek a conference staff person. 
  • To extend the reach of conference youth ministry beyond the typical retreats and events so that youth in every place can participate alongside one another in a statewide effort. 

“We’re hoping to have a year of prayer that will pass from church to church and district to district around the entire conference,” said Richardson. “Each church, charge or cluster will connect with it and be different in each place (spiritually).”

The council established a rotation, assigning a month to each district and churches within that district to specific days. “Our hope is that each church will find some way to be involved even if it’s not on that particular day,” Richardson said.

Richardson suggested these ways to participate:

  • A prayer vigil at the church;
  • A service of morning, noon or evening prayer;
  • A plan  for members to pray from home, school or work at assigned times;
  • Some other creative charge, cluster or district event that focuses on prayer.