Please Join us for the Black Church Week of Prayer Kick off event Sunday March 6, 2016

Free Dinner 2pm - 3pm

Service starts 3pm - 5pm

​Click here to download a 2016 Kick off Event flyer

Click here to download a church participation form

How Can Myself or My Church Get Involved?

1. Have members of your congregation attend our BCWOP Kick off Event Sunday March 6th, 2016.

2. Make HIV awareness, compassion and action the highlight of your worship experience during the week of March 6 – 12, 2016. This may include, but not limited to:

  •  Use customized Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Sunday Bulletins and Inserts;
  • Make HIV education and compassion the focus of the morning and/or evening sermon;
  • Specifically pray for the healing of AIDS during altar call;
  • Organize a community wide candlelight and prayer vigil and/or a community HIV education and testing activity;

3. Widely distribute HIV information to the congregation and community;

4. Promote HIV testing by providing this direct service or partnering with your local health department or community health service agencies;

5. Consciously design ways to show compassion and care to persons living with and affected by HIV.


Additional Ways to Participate:

  • Invite persons affected by HIV/AIDS to speak before the congregation about their experience for the purpose of educating and engaging others to take action in HIV prevention, treatment and compassionate care.
  • Invite persons who have been involved with HIV/AIDS issues and services to worship with your congregations.
  • Invite elected officials and civic leaders to worship with your congregation.
  • Distribute red ribbons, or other items, to your congregation to wear during the worship service and throughout the week.
  • Partner with your local Health Department or AIDS service organization to support the development and implementation of activities hosted by your congregation during the week of March 6-12th, 2016.
  • You can customize your activities during the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS to suit the specific unique traditions and culture of your faith community.


Our Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS 2016 Host:

What is the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS?

The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is an annual HIV awareness campaign that mobilizes faith communities; and highlights the contributions and impact congregations are making in areas of HIV prevention, testing, direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

Now in its 27th year, The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is the forerunner of all national HIV awareness campaigns in the US.

This national faith mobilization campaign continues to call men and women of faith to prayer and to take aggressive action in dismantling AIDS stigma; to model unconditional love and compassion to all persons living with and affected by HIV; to disseminate factual HIV education and to engage communities in HIV testing and treatment services.

"Focusing on the Highest Quality of Life for African Americans"

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St. Matthew CME CHurch

Pastor Richard Shaw

2944 N. 9th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53206