Day of Prayer returns to Darlington
For the first time since 2019, the National Day of Prayer returns to Darlington on Thursday, May 5.
The event will take place on the grounds of the Darlington County Courthouse at noon, said organizer Dr. Brian Sherwood of First Baptist Church in Darlington.
“The last time we scheduled this was in 2019, so it’s been three years,” Sherwood said, referring to the COVID-caused lapses in 2020 and 2021. “Just like last time, and in years past, the program will feature prayers for national, state and local government leaders, as well as first responders, educators, churches, healthcare workers and families.”
In case of rain, the event will be moved to First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main St., Darlington.
The program includes a prayer for President Joe Biden, all national and military leader and all servicemen and -women, led by Rev. Will Altman, Trinity United Methodist Church; a prayer for Gov. Henry McMaster and all state leaders, led by Darlington Police Chief Kelvin Washington; a prayer for Darlington Mayor Curtis Boyd and all city and county leaders, law enforcement and firefighters in Darlington, led by Rev. Kevin Cauley, Darlington Presbyterian Church.
Also, a prayer for healthcare workers and frontline workers of our city, state and nation, led by Rev. Rags Coxe, St. Matthew’s Church; a prayer for our educational system of our city, state and nation, led by Pastor Linda Bailey, New Jerusalem Apostolic Church; a prayer for all homes and families of our city and county, led by Pastor Luis Garcia, New Life Baptist Church.
Also, a prayer for all churches and ministers of our city and county and their families, led by Rev. Frankie Tanner, Pastor Emeritus, Mechanicsville Baptist Church; a prayer for spiritual awakening of our city, county, state and nation, led by Deacon T.C. Sawyer, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church; and a reading of the 2022 National Prayer for America, led by Rev. Tim Coker, Central Baptist Church.