Pray for the Lou Week, March 7-14

During the season of Lent, Chatham will participate in Pray for the Lou Week, March 7-14. This week will include opportunities to join with other St. Louis and surrounding area churches for regional prayer rallies, prayer walking in area neighborhoods and a special Sunday with pastors across the region preaching from Psalm 24.

This event follows last year's single-day Pray for the Lou on 3.14.20, when we joined area churches in praying in and for neighborhoods in St. Louis city. This year expands that vision of prayer to the broader region.

Pray for the Lou Week Schedule Highlights:

Regional Prayer Rallies, March 7-12

7 p.m.-8 p.m. nightly - All rallies will be available to view on Facebook.

March 7 - North County, hosted by North County Pastors' Group
March 8 - South County, hosted by Gateway House Of Prayer
March 9 - North City, hosted by Faith Community Bible Church
March 10 - South City, hosted by The Journey
March 11 - Jefferson County, hosted by JeffCo Christians United
March 12 -  St. Charles County, hosted by Morning Star Church

Pray for the Lou Saturday, March 13

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - All host locations will prayer walk simultaneously throughout the St. Louis region.

This morning we will prayer walk in neighborhoods near Chatham, or you may wish to prayer walk in your own neighborhood if you live further away. This is a rain or shine event. More details coming soon.

10:45 a.m. - Virtual Closing Worship Celebration

Preach for the Lou Sunday, March 14

This morning Pastor Sergei will join with other St. Louis area pastors in preaching from Psalm 24 while continuing our emphasis on prayer during the season of Lent.

Sound the Alarm
Ahead of Pray for the Lou Week, we also encourage you to set an alarm based on your area code, such as 3:14 or 6:36 (a.m., p.m. or both!). Take one minute at that time each day to pray for the St. Louis region and your neighborhood specifically.

We are excited to join with other area churches during this week as we pray for the Lord to move in Hazelwood and the greater St. Louis region!

How Do We Pray? More on Prayer Walking

As we prayer walk near Chatham and in area neighborhoods, we want to pray "on site with insight." Here are three kinds of insights to consider:

Researched Insight - Hazelwood is one of the largest cities in the St. Louis area, with a population of around 25,000 residents and 800 business. While businesses appear to be increasing, residency has been somewhat on the decline in recent years, with some increase in poverty and a growing homeless population in local hotels. This affects staff and families in area schools, including Armstrong and Hazelwood West, with which we partner. Those living and working in Hazelwood will have other personal insights.

Responsive Insight - What do you see as you walk? Are there people out? What state are the buildings in? How about schools and businesses? What positive things or other ministries are happening here that we can bless? Pray with your eyes open and in response to what you notice. We are not going "door-to-door," but you might pray with someone you meet along the way if appropriate. Watch for God-directed encounters.

Revealed Insight - How does Jesus see our city and our neighborhood? What does He want to see happen here? Ask Him as you walk and pray as He leads.

Prayer Guide

You can also download and review this basic prayer guide, encouraging us to pray for discernment and blessing, with empathy, from Scripture and in God's power.

Training Videos
Whether you've prayer walked before or this will be your first experience, these brief videos from Pray for the Lou leader Kurt Wilson provide more helpful considerations before heading out.

The Purpose of Prayer Walking

The Practicals of Prayer Walking

The Prayer of Prayer Walking