On Sunday, September 24, believers representing churches and ministries from all over Manchester came together in Veterans Park to pray for Manchester together. From 4 to 5 pm, different groups prayer-walked the neighborhoods surrounding their local churches, and then gathered from 5 to 6 pm in Veterans Park to worship and pray for specific needs in the city.
After worship, those in attendance gathered into small groups at crosses marked as prayer stations for different areas of need. These included: children, youth and foster care, addiction, cultural reconciliation, brokenness in families, government, the unity of the church, ministry to those less privileged, revival, mental health, the need for repentance in the Church and more.
The attitude of this event was unique. On the one hand, churches were coming together for what felt like a large Family Reunion, as so many churches and ministries gathered in one place. However, the weight of these issues facing our communities was felt in prayer. The importance of problems like addiction, an oversaturated foster care system, the need for unity in our churches and our nation contributed to a unique posture of sobriety and meekness.
Through the process of worship, prayer and petitioning something, or more appropriately, some ONE, greater than ourselves, something else emerged. Hope.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the greatness of need in Manchester, or even worse, powerless and apathetic because it’s clear that no one group can provide a solution. However, as we join hands with one another, and through the prayer and worship posture ourselves to Someone greater than ourselves, we are empowered with more wisdom, fortitude, perseverance, and resource to fight these systemic issues in our community. Our capacity exponentially increases when we join hands with one another.
In this time, the city of Manchester is in need of an active and united Church who will engage community. We believe that this event was a foundational effort in moving towards this.
New Testament Christian Fellowship Community Church organized this event. As a follow-up, they are planning a follow-up meeting on October 16, in collaboration with Manchester 10 Days of Prayer coordinator, Kevin Jurovaty, and the Manchester Outreach group, to discuss how to further develop these unity and outreach efforts to Manchester, NH.
Anyone interested in participating should contact Kevin Jurovaty at Kevin_Jurovaty@mzcs.org for more information.
Cailtin Sheveland from Zeal Movement led worship for this event. Pastor Owen Carey from New Testament Christian Fellowship and Kevin Jurovaty from 10 Days Manchester co-lead the event together as a part of ’10 Days of Prayer’ in Manchester. 10 Days of Prayer is a set apart time of corporate prayer, worship, and fasting. During 10 Days, which took place this year from Sept. 20 – 29, a church or ministry hosts an evening of prayer and worship, to bring together city-wide churches to seek the Lord from a posture of unity. Participating communities span the United States (and internationally in Uganda) with four participating communities here in New Hampshire in Berlin, the greater-Salem area, and Manchester, with Littleton participating in a modified version for some of the nights.
In Manchester, the following churches participated: Hope Tabernacle, Bethany Covenant Church (Bedford), Shiloh Community Church, LIFE Church Youth Group, NEP House of Praise, Casa de Luz, First Assemblies of God (Auburn), Symphony House of Prayer, Blessed Sacrament Church, SELA Charismatic Prayer Group, Mt. Zion, and New Testament Christian Fellowship Community Church.