School of Prayer event is Oct. 7-8

WORTHINGTON -- Following the postponement of this past summer's School of Prayer, the event has been rescheduled for Oct. 7-8 at First United Methodist Church.

Members of the Pray Worthington pose for a photo recently in front of the Worthington offices of Love INC. (Special to the Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Following the postponement of this past summer’s School of Prayer, the event has been rescheduled for Oct. 7-8 at First United Methodist Church.

Pray Worthington, the sponsors of the event, is looking forward to seeing this long-anticipated weekend come to fruition.

“Our prayer is that this event will get people thinking about prayer more,” stated Pat Bos, facilitator of the prayer weekend.


Pray Worthington, a non-denominational prayer group, has met weekly since 2009 to pray for Worthington’s leaders, schools and the city in general. Meeting first in an empty store at the mall, then moving to Love Inc.’s downtown offices and later to their current location on South Shore Drive, the group of five to 10 people spend the noon hour every Tuesday in prayer.

“We pray as the Spirit leads us,” said Nancy Cook, founder of Pray Worthington.

Cook attended Pray Elk River in early 2009 and returned home with the fervent desire to start a similar group here. Attributing the Holy Spirit with numerous open doors that led to the formation of the group, Cook is delighted not only with Pray Worthington but also with the upcoming School of Prayer.

“I continue to be amazed at what the Lord has done and how he has brought faithful prayer warriors to pray for our city, state and nation,” Cook enthused. “We want to stir people’s hearts with the need to pray.”


As a lead-in to the School of Prayer, the movie “War Room” will be shown a week and a half ahead of the event. It is hoped that the movie, which depicts the power of prayer, will get people thinking about prayer in a new way.

“We want to show the movie to get people thinking about prayer,” Cook explained. “It shows the importance of prayer so clearly. We hope that people will come to the movie and then come to the School of Prayer, too.”

The School of Prayer, a program developed by the Evangelical Covenant Church, covers four basic topics -- purposes for prayer, hindrances to a successful prayer life, six essentials from the Lord’s Prayer and listening in prayer. Bos has been fully trained and has led close to 20 of these classes across the nation over the years.

The School of Prayer is an opportunity for anyone to come and learn more about prayer. The goal is to motivate and outfit men and women in the local church to accelerate the ministry of prayer. Part of each session will include small group interaction, but no one will be asked to pray or say a word unless they want to.


“It’s a non–threatening event,” assured Bos.

The School of Prayer will be held at First United Methodist Church from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Oct. 7and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Thanks to a grant from a Thrivent Action Project through Thrivent Insurance, snacks and materials will be provided.

The War Room movie will play at Grace Community Church at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25. People who attend the movie are not obligated to attend the school of prayer; anyone may attend either one or both events.

Call Pat Bos at (507) 425-2650 or for more information. Adults and teens are welcome. There is no cost for either event.

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