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Gateway District: Public Prayer

The Gateway district Lay Servant Ministries team presents Public Prayer on Zoom with the Rev. Vermel Taylor.

March 16 @ 8:30 am 5:00 pm


Course scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance. Scholarships reduce the cost of a course to $5. Please contact your district director or cle@nccumc.org.

About this course: Anyone who is called upon to lead public prayer may feel anxious and possibly inadequate for such a task. This course offers help for novices as well as veteran leaders of prayer as they create and deliver appropriate prayers for those on whose behalf the prayer is offered.

Course goals:

  • Consider what public prayer is and is not;
  • Acquire practical guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls;
  • Explore prayers as an integral part of worship;
  • Discuss the kind of language we need, and don’t need, to address God.

Order Your Book!

All participants are expected to read the participant book, Shaping the Prayers of People by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher, before taking this course.

For questions about this course, please contact Gateway district director Effie McGill at effie.mcgill@gmail.com.

About the Facilitator

The Rev. Vermel H. Taylor is a Prayer Warrior full of joy and life. She is a woman filled with the fire of God; who has a healthy fear of the Lord and loves Him with all of her heart, mind, soul, and strength.

In 2013, Rev. Taylor was appointed to Galilee United Methodist Church. Rev. Taylor is a native of McRaeville, Ga.  Her educational background includes graduation from Attapulgus Mount Moriah High School, Attapulgus, GA (1966), a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC (1985), and Master’s of Divinity Degree from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC (May 2007).

In June 2008, Rev. Taylor was commissioned as a Provisional Elder on the Elder Track and in June, 2011, she fulfilled the call she received from God (2004) to become a full Elder. On June 18, 2011 she was ordained a full Elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, an honor in which she gives all the glory to God, her Father.