St. John’s in Franklin has filled the stomachs of hungry Applefest attendees with homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts for more than 20 years. This year we decided to branch out and try something new! We wanted to continue with holding tours of the Tiffany windows and selling spaces in our parking lot to benefit the Shepherd’s Green Community Food Pantry, but we asked ourselves how can we better reach the many people who walk past our church on their way to the Applefest action? In answer to that question, the Order of the Daughters of the King was asked if they would be willing to organize a prayer tent in the church yard. The chapter has members from Grace Lutheran Church as well, because they share our facility, and so it became a joint effort.
A tent and a couple of tables were set up in the church yard where we handed out free water (John 4: 14) and offered to take prayer requests. Those with prayer requests were given the option of writing them on a paper covered table or on a prayer request card. These cards were then taped to the table. It was an amazing experience. Several folks prayed with us right there on the church lawn and we received 50 prayer requests from passersby. The Daughters of the King has promised to pray for these people for the next month. We look forward to reaching out to Applefest enjoyers for years to come!
Kathy Paulo is President of the Grace Chapter of The Order of the Daughters of the King at St. John’s, Franklin