The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is presenting special events in the month of June with an emphasis on uplifting the family and celebrating the history of the Black church in America.
National Family Prayer Altar Event
Amidst times of fear and uncertainty, a new initiative called the National Family Prayer Altar invites believers of all cultural and denominational backgrounds to draw the generations together in prayer.
“When ancient Israel was facing similar times, God instructed the prophet Joel to call Israel to a solemn assembly and gather families for national prayer,” the museum website shares. “Joel was specifically instructed to include children, to teach them the ways and faithfulness of God.” Share in this biblical legacy by taking part in the National Family Prayer Altar.
On Thursday, June 16, an in-person and livestreamed prayer service from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET will take place at the museum in Washington, D.C., with special activities for children, youth, and young adults from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registration for the prayer service is free, and the museum is offering a 50% discount for June 16 museum tickets with code NPA22. The daytime youth event is an additional $4.99 that can be added to June 16 tickets during checkout.
Blessing of the Elders
Blessing of the Elders, an initiative of Museum of the Bible, strives to “honor the rich history of the Black church in America by telling the inspiring and faith-filled story of the remarkable impact it has had on our spiritual life and culture,” the museum website shares. Watch a trailer about the vision for Blessing of the Elders here.
The Blessing of the Elders initiative has proposed two new projects at Museum of the Bible: an expanded exhibit “to highlight and delve deeper into the inspiring story of the history, narrative, and impact of the African American church,” and a feature-length film showcasing the history of the Black church in America.
On June 23, Blessing of the Elders will host a special, invitation-only gala to recognize seven pastors of exceptional impact and exemplary spiritual legacy. The honorees are Pastor A. R. Bernard, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Dr. Tony Evans, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, and Dr. John M. Perkins.
Visit the Museum of the Bible website for more information on these opportunities to celebrate these special legacies of the Christian faith.