River Glory Prayer and Worship Center in planning stages
FOREST CITY — A pastor and founder of River Glory Prayer and Worship Center, Priscilla Robinson, said she has felt the call of the Lord to change her ministry from a traditional worship service to a gathering place for prayer.
Robinson, who met with members of her Council of Elders this week, said the gathering place will be a place for those seeking a more intimate relationship with God and will also to praise and worship God, but will not be in a traditional church building or will not meet on Sundays while other churches are having services.
She said the location for the ministry is being negotiated with the building owner, but hopes it will be announced in the near future.
The future plans are pending the opening of the building.
When the center location is announced, it will be open at 6 a.m. each day for people to come for prayer and there will be special programs and events in the evenings and youth and childrens' programs on Saturday morning.
The Saturday Morning Manna will be a time when young people will go out into the community to do chores for senior citizens and the disabled.
"We will also teach the word of God," she said.
Among those who have agreed to serve on the Council of Elders include Rev. Bob Philbeck, Rev. Shawn Hooper and his wife Tonise Hooper of Morganton; Robert Gray and Anne Chestnut. She has contacted other ministers and leaders to also assist.
Hooper, who is bishop at St. Luke's Christian Holiness of God Church in Morganton and serves as Robinson's bishop, said he will be at the center as time permits.
Gray, who works at AGI, will work primarily with young people who come by the center for prayer and to talk. Gray explained the trials of his own life have led him to the place he wants to be and needs to be.
Robinson said she desires River Glory will serve as a beacon in the community and "a source for spiritual and natural growth and equipping through prayer, worship, fasting , education, mentoring and encouragement."
"The Lord told me through the Holy Spirit, this is what he wanted me to do. He has opened my heart," she said.
She will share more about the new ministry on WGGS Channel 16 on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
Robinson, the daughter of the late M.B. Robinson of Spindale, is a Rutherford County native. In 1995 she receiving a kidney transplant and after she recuperated she went traveled to other parts of the country on numerous mission trips, but had to return to Forest City in 2010 due to a transplant failure. She is undergoing dialysis at her home.
"I live by faith," Robinson said of her health and of her future ministry. "Prayer is the foundation."
Since May 2012 Robinson has been leading Sunday afternoon worship services at the First Wesleyan Methodist Church in Forest City with the cooperation of Rev. Eric Yelton and the congregation. "The Lord opened the hearts of the people there to let me preach," she said of the afternoon services.
But recently she has felt the Lord leading her to open a prayer center, but is grateful for the opportunity to preach at First Wesleyan.
"The Lord speaks to me through the Holy Spirit and this is what he wants me to do. If God has spoken it, he will make a provision for the vision," she said.
Anyone wishing to help Robinson can contacted her at 1-843-330-9302 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org