Stephens Co. Marks National Day of Prayer

Stephens County comes together to mark the National Day of Prayer.

The annual local National Day of Prayer service took place Thursday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

The threat of rain caused the event to move from the courthouse lawn to the upstairs courtroom.

A large crowd still filled that courtroom to pray for various groups in the community.

The Stephens County High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized this year’s commemoration.

The FCA’s Micah Childs said they were pleased with the turnout.

“We were honored to be asked to do this,” said Childs. “We just saw it as another duty to the community that needed to be done. We were just overwhelmed with the attendance and we hope people take this into the community.”

Various individuals led those in attendance in praying for the military, churches, children, those in service and authority, those in need, and the community in general.

The commemoration also included special music and remarks.

Thursday marked the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. It started in 1952 under a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Harry Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan officially designated the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer and each year, including this year, the President signs a proclamation inviting all Americans to take part in the National Day of Prayer.