By the Rev. John Sosnowski
Grandparents At Prayer, better known as ’G@P’, has been faithfully meeting at Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter for prayer, fellowship, and encouragement over the past eight years.
Grandparents gather in the Chapel or Sanctuary on the second Sunday of the month from 4-5pm to pray for the needs of grandchildren in our congregation.
These informal gatherings usually begin with Fr. John Sosnowski asking each grandparent to share current news and tidbits about their grands. This time of fellowship allows for prayer requests to be made. It is then followed by the reading of The Family Prayer, #65, found in the Occasional Prayers in the ACNA BCP.
Afterwards, some aspect of intentional Christian grandparenting is discussed, and individual prayer time follows.
Whether two or t22 show up on any given Sunday afternoon is not the focus, but instead it is to honor God through this ministry of prayer, and to encourage grandparents to pass on the legacy of faith to the next generation.
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” -Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ESV
This Scripture is the motivation and inspiration for every grandparent to be a praying grandparent. Intentional Christian grandparenting will, for our grandchildren, have an eternal effect.
For more information, contact Fr. John Sosnowski at (803) 773-3823.
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