Gulfport Churches Hold Monthly Prayer Service to Uplift Community


GULFPORT, Mississippi (WLOX) — Faith leaders and worshipers in Gulfport spent Tuesday praying and seeking a spiritual solution to the violence in their city.

Local leaders and members of the congregation gathered at First United Methodist Church for an evening service.

“The whole city of Gulfport needs prayer. We need prayer in our local government. We need prayer in our schools. We need prayers in our communities,” Pastor LePatrick Hartwell said.

Hartwell is pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. He said it was time to come together.

It’s all part of the Churches United for Christ. Once a month, a host church in each neighborhood invites the public to their homes.

“In terms of church unity, we’re looking at Baptist churches, Methodist churches, Catholic churches, Protestant churches, Apostolic churches, all coming together in unity,” Hartwell said.

Dianne Denley said the prayer list continues to grow.

“Homelessness, crime in our city, our schools, our teachers, everyone in every neighborhood. Then we go back and do something in that room to help, whether it’s cleaning, helping with construction,” Denley said.

This is the second of many on-set events. The mission is that if there is peace in the city, there is peace for the citizens.

“We learn from each other. We discover what is needed in different areas, not just in our own little group in which we live. I think that’s what we’ll do to make it okay,” Denley said.

In November, Churches United for Christ will meet in Ward 3, with a prayer service at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

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