There’s a drive-through for practically everything these days from grabbing a hamburger to picking up dry cleaning. Later this fall, trained volunteers from HOPE Church will be stationed down at the corner at The Meeting Place where we will open our doors … er … our drive-through for commuters wanting prayer.
And, who do we think we will attract? A person in crisis, someone who is frightened— struggling—seeking. A person who wishes to remain anonymous or someone who decides to pull in spontaneously and yes, some of them may even be cranks or pranks.
“We suspect we will have people who may not necessarily be Christians or have any faith walk,” Pastor Jeff said. “For those who do not come to church, this could be a less intimating first step.”
Potential prayer volunteers would need to be maturing, non-judgmental and spiritually and relationally intuitive, Jeff explained. “We will invite our volunteers to participate in a training workshop that will include some useful role playing.” Those interested may choose attending one of two training sessions that will be held on Sunday, October 14th and Sunday, October 21st from 12 noon to 1:30pm at The Meeting Place. Volunteers will also be equipped with resource materials to hand out and will work in teams during operating hours. There will also be a mechanism for people to drop off written prayer requests during the hours of operation and when the building is closed.
The Meeting Place has already been a blessing to our community with several small groups gathering there on a regular basis including a grief recovery program. Future ministries are continuing to be developed to answer the various requests we are receiving.
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