Prayer for school expands next week into National Day of Prayer observances in Friendship

A monthly prayer gathering at Friendship Central School will be extended next week to include a full-day observance of the National Day of Prayer, with four different prayer activities being scheduled to enable the entire community to participate.

Friendship Pastors Kirk Kirch of the United Church of Friendship, Duane Broadwell of the Bible Baptist Church, and Kevin Palmiter of the Followers of the Way – Nile Community Church, from left, will be coordinating prayer gatherings at the Friendship School and for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, as they encourage Pray Across America in 2024.

Three pastors from the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches will take part in the community prayer opportunities, starting at 8:30AM Thursday, May 2.

Church congregants and other community members will gather in front of the school at 46 West Main Street for the first Thursday of the month regular prayer time for the school and its students, teachers, administrators, other staff, the Board of Education, parents and caregivers, and others.

The school’s May Character Trait of Empathythe ability to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings in a situation from their point of view, rather than your own, will be part of the prayer focus as churches seek to extend support for this positive school trait among their congregants and within the broader Friend­ship community.

The prayer session then will move across the street to the Bible Baptist Church – the inclement weather backup site for prayer for the school – for a free continental breakfast and a National Day of Prayer observance time, led by Pastor Kevin Palmiter of the Followers of the Way – Nile Community Church.

There will be prayer for the government, the military, media, business, education, churches, and families, including the holding up of attending families and family members in prayer.

A second prayer gathering and luncheon will convene at noon at the Baptist church, with Pastor Kirk of the United Church of Friendship leading that session.

An evening prayer gathering, coinciding with the church’s regular Thursday night prayer and Bible study, will be held at 6:30PM, led by Bible Baptist Church Pastor Duane Broadwell.

Anyone within the greater community and beyond is invited to participate in any or all of these prayer events and to bring others with them.

The monthly prayer gatherings at the school were started last fall at the beginning of the current school year.

Origins of the National Day of Prayer began in 1952 when Congress approved legislation requiring the President to set aside and proclaim a suitable day each year, other than a Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed additional legislation specifically establishing the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.

Further information is available from Allegany Hope, alliance coordinator at on (585) 664-9989.