It would have been easy for the Christ United Methodist Church of Columbus, Ohio to cancel their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event because of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of an in-person event, the planning committee adjusted the prayer breakfast to a virtual event.
This annual event began seven years ago under the leadership of the Rev. Calvin Alston. One of the coordinators, Linda Wright said, “We wanted create an event for the church and community to be held on the Saturday before MLK weekend with reasonable ticket price and ample free parking.” In addition to an opportunity to enjoy food, fellowship and a keynote speaker, it is also a chance to raise money for scholarships.
With the support of their current pastor, the Rev. Curnell Graham, the committee adjusted to plan the Annual MLK Virtual Prayer Event: Celebrating a Diverse Union. The program included breakouts, worship music, dance and a leader panel discussing matters on race.
Wright said, “We got to a point where we planned past our technological skillsets. We found two talented techies who were able to help.”
Denice Taylor, Lay Leader of Christ said, “I had the most spiritual experience that I have ever had at this event. The music was outstanding, the word was outstanding and also the praise dance.”
In addition to recruiting volunteers with strong technical skills, a mini grant was secured from the West Ohio Conference to help with any expenses.
The Christ scholarship fund awards scholarships to applicants seeking higher education. In 2020, six applicants were awarded a $200 scholarship.
Donations for this year’s event are still being accepted through January.
If you are interested in viewing this year’s event, please click here.