Participant’s Guide to Memorial Day Prayer & Evangelism Tent
Dear Prayer, Worship, & Evangelism Participants!
Thank you! We are so grateful for your willingness and desire to participate in the Memorial Day Prayer Tent this year. Below is a list of things to consider before and during your shift:
- You will be contacted by your prayer shift facilitator in advance (~12hours prior) re: your prayer slot. We will have chairs provided, but if you prefer you may bring your own more comfortable chair. Note: that section of the park is breezy; you might want to bring a jacket.
- There is free parking at First United Methodist Church (901 N. Kings Hwy/9th Ave N. and Broadway) Park behind the church in their parking lot. You will need to display your registration ticket or write “Prayer Tent” on a piece of paper and place in your windshield. This is to let the church know why you are parking in their lot. Also, parking meters are free after Midnight.
- Pray for calm, cool, dry weather!
- Prepare self for prayer prior to shift (come "prayed up"). Expect God to share His ideas and direction for your time before you arrive. We will have prayer points as a guide in the tent, but we believe God is interactive and specific with His children as well. (John 10)
- Please arrive at least 5 minutes before shift begins to smoothly transition from the previous group. Please contact your shift facilitator if you are running late or are unable to make your time slot on that day.
- Basic tent info: bottled water available in coolers in tent; restrooms are next to the tent. Please do not give money or material goods to homeless people that you may encounter during your shift at the tent ~ prayer is always a good gift; do not get into debates with others; be loving towards one another. John 13: 34-35 (NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- In the tent: Pray and worship!
- If you leave the tent: Stay with at least one other person. At least two people must be left to stay in the tent.
Prayer Walk - Feel free to prayer walk, but please don’t get caught up in socializing with your group. Be sure you are praying.
Evangelism - This year we are also encouraging those who want to, to witness to others in that area. You will need to be back to the tent 20 minutes before the end of the shift. Have meaningful conversations with people first and then if the Lord leads, share your faith. You are responsible for your own follow-up if someone makes a decision for Christ. And we all know that follow-up and discipleship is very important. Please let your shift facilitator know and we would invite both you and the new convert back to the Celebration Service on Sunday to share!
- Be open to what God is saying to you as you pray. He may be giving you Scriptures, Words, pictures, songs, promptings to speak to someone you may see outside the tent, etc.....
- Shift leader is always at the tent (except bathroom break) If s/he needs to leave, s/he will make sure there is someone designated to stay in his/her place. It's preferable to have at least 2 people in the tent at all times.
- You will be given a break.
- ~Last 10 minutes of shift, debrief with the group what God shared with you or did through you during this time. Perhaps be willing to share during the Sunday Celebration at 2 pm.
- Take pictures during your shift and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A slideshow will be put together for the Celebration Service.
- Glorify God! May Jesus be exalted during your time and throughout the 40 hours!
Celebration – Sunday, May 26 from 2-4 pm at First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach – 500 4th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Park in the lot on 4th Ave and walk across the street and enter doors under the ramp to the fellowship hall.
Let’s all come together in one large group to share what the Lord has done in and around the tent! We will have a time of worship, watch a slideshow of pictures from the weekend, and share testimonies. Please bring a snack or finger food to share as we fellowship together!