Citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay are invited to join in an interdenominational Christian prayer walk from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to the City Hall on Saturday morning 25 February.
At the end of the 4km walk through the heart of the city, church leaders will present Executive Mayor, Councillor Zanoxolo Wayile with a plaque commemorating the NMB Metro Prayer Day at the stadium on October 22 when thousands of Christians prayed and worshiped together in a moving show of unity. The plaque has been engraved with the words of a declaration of faith and blessing that was prayed over the metro at the end of the prayer event at the stadium.
Prayer walkers are asked to gather at the main entrance of the stadium in Prince Alfred Road, Port Elizabeth from 09:00 for departure at 10:00 on 25 February. Walkers are requested to wear white t-shirts and are advised to wear hats and bring water. No banners are permitted and nobody may join the walk along the route. People who are not able to walk the distance but would like to participate are invited to join the proceedings on Vuyisile Mini Square in front of the City Hall by 11:30. Non walkers are welcome to bring chairs.
Prayer guidelines will be provided at the start of the walk. Broad topics for prayer along the route are the Gateway City vision (i.e. for the metro to become a gateway for carrying God’s blessing to all of Africa), unity, local government, the police and education.
Walkers will be able to leave their vehicles in the Lakeside Parking Area adjacent to the stadium, which can entered via Gate 2. A car guard service will be provided for the duration of the event.
Walkers are requested to make their own arrangements for getting back from the City Hall to the stadium, e.g. arranging for vehicles to be parked at both ends of the walk. Parking will be allowed on Vuyisile Mini Square and there are further parking areas behind the city hall.
Church leaders in NMB recently committed themselves to working together on a five year transformational plan for the metro, aimed at making a tangible contribution in the church, business, local government, education and media spheres. They say that the prayer day at the stadium last year had increased unity among Christians in the metro, paving the way for working together for the good of the city.