After starting Prayer in the Park a year ago, VEthel Patterson is staying the course. (Courtesy photo)

With prayer on her mind, VEthel Patterson will be at Blue Cross Healthy Place Park in David Carnes Park on Fairfield in Whitehaven this Saturday (Oct. 2).

The drawing card is a gathering Patterson has dubbed Prayer in the Park.

“Prayer in the Park is a ministry that I started last year in October and asked others to partner with me,” said Patterson. “A group of about six meet at 9 a.m. every Saturday, praying for the homeless, the violence in the community to cease, our families and friends.”

This week’s gathering will mirror the focus maintained throughout the year.

“We meet at the park to pray for the world and that God will heal the land,” said Patterson.

“On several occasions, others have walked up, joined the prayer and asked for prayers. People are struggling with so much and we need to be able to help in different ways.”

The prayer is set to begin at 9 a.m.

VEthel Patterson says prayer allows here “to show God’s love to others and gives me an avenue to gain wisdom and knowledge.” Courtesy photo)

The eighth of 10 siblings, Patterson said her mother, Ethel Patterson, was “my role model for embracing prayer. She was a woman of strong faith and an example of a MIGHTY prayer warrior.”

Prayer, said Patterson, is “important to me because it allows me to have a personal relationship with God. Prayer gives me time to meditate and seek God’s direction about His will.

“Prayer also allows me to show God’s love to others and gives me an avenue to gain wisdom and knowledge. Prayer allows me the opportunity to pray for myself, my family and  others as well.”

A Spring 2021 graduate of LeMoyne Owen College, Patterson majored in business management. She operates an online custom T-shirt design store and, on September 3, launched a non-profit corporation called Care Angels.

“My ultimate goal is to bring our communities together through prayer,” said Patterson. “For, we are stronger, together.”

(For more information, contact VEthel Patterson via email: [email protected].)