Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Mehgaan Jones

Clayton County, and its people, have been lifted up in prayer.

Ministers from various denominations gathered Thursday morning, to eat, fellowship and pray for the community, and one another at the Clayton County Ministers' Conference and Clayton County Sheriff's Chaplains Annual Ministers Prayer Breakfast.

Those in attendance prayed for Clayton County, Clayton County Schools, the State of Georgia, law enforcement, the military services, the nation, and the world.

"This is a time, more so than any time ever before, that the church must come together," said the Rev. Mike Glanton, president of the Clayton County Ministers' Conference. "We pray for the community, we pray for wholeness, and we pray for each other," he added.

The Clayton County Ministers' Conference, and the Clayton County Sheriff's Office hosted the annual breakfast in a Clayton County Sheriff's Office conference room, at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, in Jonesboro.

"It is important for men and women of God to network and share resources," said Glanton.

The prayer breakfast has taken place since former Clayton County Sheriff Stanley Tuggle was in office, noted Glanton. He added that the breakfast was continued during former sheriff Victor Hill's term, and is still going strong.

We gather to show the community that we are "stronger together than divided," said Glanton.

"We are very proud of the work you do in the community," said Clayton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Garland Watkins. He said he could not emphasize how much the ministers' prayers are needed for law enforcement agencies.

Other officials at the breakfast included the Clayton County Sheriff's Office chaplains, and Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.