First Responders Focus of Day of Prayer

On Thursday, May 3, Guilford's participation in the National Day of Prayer will focus on honoring the town's first responders.

The public's invited to participate in an outdoor prayer event on the basketball court at Guilford's Emergency Services Complex beginning at 5:30 p.m. The one-hour event has been organized by Guilford resident Sheila Kimball, state coordinator for the National Day of Prayer.

"The focus for Guilford is going to be on first responders because this is how I felt directed to do this," said Kimball. "I really felt I wanted to honor our first responders through all of their hard, diligent work, and one way we can honor them is through our prayers. We request that people come out and support these wonderful folks by coming to the prayer event."

Kimball has also invited representatives from the town's fire, police, and emergency medical service response programs. The family of Guilford volunteer firefighter Carl Hubbard, who has been receiving community support during his battle with cancer, will attend the ceremony.

"It's a good opportunity to pray for the family at this time and it kind of personalizes it even more because it focuses on someone who really appreciates and needs our prayers at this time," said Kimball.

National Day of Prayer is an event coordinated by faith groups of the "Christian experience," Kimball explained, adding a prayer event will to take place in every town in the state.

"This will mark our third year in a row that every single town in Connecticut, all 169 towns and cities, will have at least one prayer event. This has never been done in any other state before. People coming to this are part of something happening statewide and across the nation," said Kimball.

In Guilford, First Selectman Joe Mazza will read the governor's proclamation and local faith organization representatives will offer scripture readings and prayers.

"In addition to police, fire, and EMT first responders we will be praying for our government, our military, and other important issues of life," said Kimball.

Guilford's National Day of Prayer event will gather on the basketball court at the Emergency Services Complex, 400 Church Street, on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear sneakers or rubber-soled shoes to stand on the court.

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