The first annual Knoxville Community Prayer Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, from 3-5 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate and pray for the community, as over 30 public spaces have been chosen to be visited by a prayer group.
Organizers Tyler Pearson and Kevin Stittsworth began discussing the walk one year ago. Knoxville has had many casualties in the past few years, and both want to try do something about it.
The prayer walk was the conclusion they reached. Pearson and Stittsworth have been in communication with a couple of churches and the Knoxville Area Ministerial Alliance. KAMA members are in support. One thing that is stressed is that even if your church has not discussed the walk, all believers are welcome to join the effort.
“I think we’ve been encouraged by the support,” Stittsworth said.
In addition to strong support from the faith community, Hy-Vee has agreed to donate beverages and snacks for the prayer warriors. Stittsworth and Pearson would prefer to know how many people plan to participate to give Hy-Vee a more accurate number of people who will be served.
The event will begin and end at Panther Park, the green space next to the schools’ administration building at 309 West Main. There will be life-size board games and a live band to greet those who come to participate.
Prayer warriors will be divided into different groups to pray over each of the predetermined locations. There will be specific prayers written for specific sites, and instructions will be available on how to pray. No one will be forced to pray aloud unless he or she wants to.
“We just want everybody to come and be a part of it,” Pearson said. Given the numbers already registered at the time of this writing, they believe it is possible to have 250 people, gathered in prayer for Knoxville.
Sept. 8 was chosen because it is one day after the Your Life Matters 5K and the Prayer Walk will end shortly before Ice Cream with a Cop (5:30 p.m.). Pearson and Stittsworth want to bring the community together, not only to prayer for a healthy and happy school year, but to thank the Lord for Knoxville’s recent prosperity and to ask for continued blessings on the community.
If you would like to be a part of the walk, registration before Labor Day (Sept. 2) is preferred. You can RSVP at the event’s Facebook page or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.