CUMMING — About 200 people turned their lunch hour into a prayer hour Thursday at First Baptist Cumming.
Church volunteers again organized a National Day of Prayer event, opening the church doors to anyone in the community who wished to pray with others for Forsyth County and the nation.
The event was one of more than 4,200 prayer gatherings across the United States, Australia and Great Britain.
People of all Christian denominations came to together at the church Thursday to share lunch and then pray for designated groups of people, such as those in political leadership roles, emergency services or military, medical workers, families and students.
Bob Jolly, pastor of the First Baptist Cumming, thanked everyone for attending.
“You could be at the office doing some work that needed to get done, you could be outside enjoying this beautiful day and the sunshine, you could be traveling,” he said, “but you chose to be here with brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Michele Rabanal, one of the volunteers who helped organize the event, said it appeared to be one of the most successful in its history.
“We never know who’s coming,” she said. “We assign somebody to lead the prayer at each table and we ask them to fill the seats at their table. Most of them have done a great job with that.”
Dennis Weiler, one of the participants, has attended for several years. He said he enjoys coming together with other Christians in a united cause.
“The Christian community is not just one church or not just the churches in Forsyth or Cumming,” he said. “But it’s the churches all over the world, and we as Christians — not Baptists or Methodists or Catholics or whomever, we as Christians —need to thank God for what he’s given us and pray that he’ll continue his blessings on this wonderful nation.”