Pastoral Partners demonstrate “Care and Prayer” for the members and friends of Hope. They are a group of people who put into practice the mission statement of Hope church: “The community of Hope exists to let people know they matter to God, by showing them they matter to us, in order that they may share God’s love with others.”
Each pastoral partner has a cluster of households for whom they pray and offer support whenever special needs arise. This group facilitates Hope’s Prayer Chain, the After-service Prayers and the Centering Prayer in Community group. Helping Hands Outreach supplies meals, transportation and the loan of medical equipment.
Hope’s Prayer Chain stands ready to pray for needs of members and friends and friends of members. Any request that comes to the prayer chain is kept confidential and each member of the chain prays separately in their own way.
During Hope’s worship service there is a community prayer time and prayer requests can be brought to the whole congregation. Often there is a prayer request that is more private and at the end of the worship service, an After-Service Prayer is available at the Christ candle to join in prayer with anyone wishing prayer.
Centering Prayer is a specific type of meditation that helps lead individuals to a deeper relationship with God. Centering Prayer in Community gathers weekly to spend time in quiet centering prayer which is followed by a short devotional period. It meets at Hope every second Thursday morning from 9 to 10 am. All are welcome to share in this time of reflection; no centering prayer experience necessary.