Planning Your Activities
The following is a list of tasks and suggestions that you need to consider in planning your faith institution or organization participation in the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
Assemble a planning committee
Assemble a planning committee. You may select members from existing groups in your congregation or community, e.g., members from the AIDS Ministry, Health Ministry or Prison Ministry, the youth department, women’s department, etc.
Create a preliminary plan
Create a preliminary plan, including program activities, guests, space/equipment needs and expenses.
Designate members of your planning to complete specific tasks
Designate members of your planning to complete specific tasks. Be sure to set realistic deadlines for tasks.
Identify guest speakers
Identify guest speakers, workshop leaders, artists and musicians.
Assemble a list of local media
Assemble a list of local media and send them a press release on your faith institution’s letterhead regarding your activities; (see media section).
Develop a flyer
Develop a flyer about your activities and mailing list to people and organizations in the community who will want to know, including:
- Other faith institutions
- Community and business leaders
- Elected officials
- Community-based organizations
- AIDS service organizations
- Corporate community relations executives
Other Suggested Activities
The Lighting of A Candle
Open the doors of your place of worship during the Week of Prayer and invite individuals to come and light a candle and have a moment of silence for the healing of AIDS.
Bell Chime Memorial
Coordinate with faith communities throughout your city or region to ring their bells at a given hour for a certain number of times to commemorate the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
A gospel concert is a powerful way to bring the community together and to distribute HIV/AIDS information.
A Community Service of Remembrance and Hope
This activity is a worship experience that commemorates the AIDS epidemic and the lives that have been taken by the disease. The program should also offer hope for those who are affected and empowerment for each person to teach one about HIV/AIDS prevention. Do not forget to distribute Red Ribbons and HIV information.
A prayer vigil offers the congregation and the community the opportunity to spend even more time in prayer for the healing of HIV/AIDS. The vigil should last at least six hours.
HIV Testing Service
Partner with your local health department or AIDS service organization to provide HIV testing during the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.
A Poetry Slam
One of the many ways to include young people in the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is through the Arts.
Coordinate a silent retreat (one day or a few hours) or retreat to chant for the Healing of AIDS.