Blessings over the city of Destin

Pam Griffin
Hundreds gathered at last year's Blessing of the Marketplace. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

A week of blessings will rain down during the 15th annual Destin’s Week of Blessings May 6-10. Each day during the week will carry blessings to a different group.

The Week of Blessings begins May 6 with the Blessing of the Families in individual churches. Each family is invited to be prayed over and blessed. That evening a Unified Concert, sponsored by WPSM and The Church of Destin, will be held at 6 p.m. at HarborWalk Village Center Stage honoring church, community and country.

May 7 is the Day of Prayer and Fasting with a special prayer meeting at noon at Shoreline Church, 140 Palmetto Street in the old Nightown location. May 8 is a Community Prayer Team Day, with pastors going in teams to pray over area schools, nursing homes, fire station, sheriffs department, hospitals, etc.

Receive a blessing for your business at the Blessing of the Marketplace, hosted by the Church of Destin, a group of churches in the area that works together. Business owners, representatives and leaders will gather from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 in the Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Lunch will be provided.

In the tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet, each business or industry is called by name and the pastors from area churches pray for a successful and profitable year. On Facebook, visit Destin Week of Blessings page to RSVP to the event.

Also on May 9, a Blessing of the Youth, for students in grades 6-12, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the Buccaneer Pirate Ship in HarborWalk Village Marina. They will have free food and games and a time for worship and blessing.

A tradition in the community sine 1957, the 61st annual Blessing of the Fleet takes place on Ascension Day, May 10, behind Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer restaurant. An outdoor church service begins under the tent at 4 p.m.

The boat blessing is scheduled for 5 p.m. as the boats line up in the harbor and each one is called by name in front of the pastors. Charter fishing boats, and others who earn their living from the sea, are blessed for safe passage and bountiful catches for all captains, crew and passengers. There were 152 boats blessed in 2017.

The Fish Fry Feast at 5:30 p.m. welcomes more than 400 diners to enjoy great local food with a view of the harbor.