Annual Prayer Breakfast

The Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS concludes each year with The Annual Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the "Rock" Church.

Faith Communities United, a consortium of churches from all denominations, conducts the Week of Prayer to focus on the duty of the Black Church to respond to HIV/AIDS.  The Prayer Week began in 1997, bringing together churches, community organizations, and AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs).

In 1999, St. Louis declared a State of Emergency among African Americans regarding HIV/AIDS.  The State of Missouri issued an Emergency Response Plan to HIV/AIDS in the African American community in 2000.  The Emergency Response Plan placed an emphasis on coalitions and partnerships; in St. Louis, the coalition would be called the African American AIDS Alliance.

The Faith-Based AIDS Task Force, a member group of the African Americn AIDS Alliance, became Faith Communities United (FCU) in 2003.  The mission of FCU is "to be the catalyst that mobilizes faith communites to action as it relates to eliminating the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS in the faith community through education and outreach to the church and faith leaders."