CLIFTON FORGE — The Eastern Alleghany Christian Ministerial Association “covered our schools with prayer” during a Community Prayer event Sunday afternoon at Living Stones Church. 

Believers of all faiths were invited to send up praise and thanksgiving to God, asking Him to saturate “our schools with wisdom, peace, health, love, patience, trust, endurance, strength, and faith as they open during these unprecedented times.”

The event opened on the church’s parking lot with a welcome by the Rev. Paul Brokaw, pastor of Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church and president of the EACMA. Brokaw thanked the Rev. Mike Rollins, pastor of Living Stones Church, for hosting the event, and organist Lynn Agee for putting it together.

Robin Powell, who led praise and worship, followed Brokaw. Minister Chris Fisher led the prayer for School Resource Officers and security, while Angela Howdershelt, director of the Covenant Christian Academy, led prayers for the educational system and the children.  

Milk and Honey’s Laura and Melvin Snead provided the group with special music before the Rev. Roslyn Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church in Clifton Forge, led prayers for the teachers and administrative staff and the Rev. Grover Nicely, pastor of Oak Grove Advent Church in Millboro, led prayers for the school boards.

Robin and Megan Powell returned to the stage to provide music and the event closed with the Rev. Tammy Wolfe, pastor of Loving Life Fellowship, leading prayers for bus drivers, mechanics, and custodial staff; Rollins leading prayers for parents and homeschoolers; and Thomas giving the closing.

Collection boxes were on hand for donations of school supplies. Believers bought lawn chairs, and umbrellas, wore masks and observed social distancing.

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Chris Fisher leads a prayer for local School Recource Officers during a Community Prayer event held Sunday at Living Stones church. The event, sponsored by the Eastern Alleghany Christian Ministerial Association, was held to “cover our schools with prayer,” as local schools prepare to open for the 2020-2021 school year in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (P.E. Marshall Photo)