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A Prayer for Park Slope

A prayer request box on the streets outside Brooklyn’s Grace United Methodist Church is an effort by a shrinking congregation to serve its changing neighborhood.
The prayer deposit box outside Grace United Methodist Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, serves as an anonymous help line for residents of a changing neighborhood.
The prayer deposit box outside Grace United Methodist Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, serves as an anonymous help line for residents of a changing neighborhood.Jonathan Cortizo

The request was simple.

“Please pray to help me stay sober,” read the note, scribbled in black pen on a page torn from a notebook. “Pray that my young children can have a healthy, sober mom.”