We at First Christian Church believe that prayer is first and foremost the means by which God and people communicate. Communication and spending time together are essential pieces of growing any relationship, so one of the main reasons we pray is to spend time with God and communicate with him. We praise him for who he is, for his perfect character. We thank him for what he has done, is doing and will do. We ask him for what we need. We are silent and just enjoy being with him. We listen.
Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.
— Gordon B. Hinckley
We also believe in the power of prayer. We pray for the needs of ministry and believe that God will provide what is needed – physically and spiritually. We pray for the needs of individuals and believe that God will provide what is best – physically and spiritually.
We believe that every person who has God’s Spirit living in him can pray directly to God. So we at First Christian are a praying people. We pray when we are alone and we pray when we are together.
The Prayer Ministry of FCC exists to bring hope to hurting people through prayer, prayer experiences and teaching about prayer. We want to answer questions people might have and provide resources or information about resources to help people grow as believers, as well as pray with and for them.
Prayer needs can be shared in several ways:
- New! Share your request on the First Christian Church PrayerWall. Click here to access the PrayerWall.
- When you share a request, please let us know if it is confidential or for the prayer team. If your request is not confidential, please include your name and address. You will receive a postcard from the person who is praying for you.
- Place a written request in the offering basket or the prayer wall during worship.
- Come forward at the end of worship service. Someone will pray with you in the worship center or you can ask to go to another room for a more private prayer time.
- Stop at a Red Sofa and ask for prayer.
- Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call the church at 330-456-2600 and leave your request with the receptionist. If your request is not an emergency, dial extension 4 and leave your prayer request.
Prayer Ministry leaders can recommend studies that have been helpful to others. FCC owns studies for beginners as well as for those who want to delve deeper into prayer. Some of the studies are dvd driven. We have 30 and 40 day devotionals that you can borrow or buy. Such a devotion books is an excellent way to learn how to pray Bible verses back to God, to learn how to pray for different subjects.
We also have prayer cards on a variety of subjects. Using these prayer cards will help you become used to praying for many aspects of a topic. Some of the cards we have available are: 31 Ways to Praise God; Personal Prayers from Colossians; Prayers for When You Feel Lonely; Prayers of Hope in Times of Calamity; Prayers for Military and Families; Praying for Your Family; Scriptural Blessings to Pray for Your Children; Prayers for Healing Broken Relationships; Prayers for a Strong and Loving Marriage.
Call the church office (330-456-2600) and ask to speak to a prayer ministry volunteer or email email@example.com. A prayer ministry volunteer will contact you to discuss the different resources to find the best fit for you.
You can join FCC Prayer Partners or the Pray At Home Team or both. FCC Prayer Partners receive a letter each month from Pastor Scott Rosen and a list of daily prayer requests to support ministry and mission here at First Christian Church. Each member of the Pray At Home Team receives and prays for one of the requests that have come to the church. After praying for that request, the Pray At Home Team member sends a postcard to the person who made the request. Postcards and postage are provided. To join either FCC Prayer Partners or the Pray At Home Team, call the church (330-456-2600) and ask for Reena or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all have times in our lives when we unexpectedly and desperately need prayer. Call the church office (330-456-2600). During office hours, the receptionist will call the Emergency Prayer Team leader, who will call the people on her team. They will pray immediately and often. If the office is closed and your emergency concerns death or an accident, dial 7 and leave a message. This extension is checked often. If your emergency does not concern death or an accident, dial extension 4 and leave your request. If you would like someone to contact you in addition to praying for you, make sure you tell us.
Please call the church when you can as your emergency is resolved. Let us know how we can adjust our prayer for you.
If you’d like others to agree with you in prayer, you may add your prayer request to our online PrayerWall. You can share as many or as few details as you’d like. You can post as yourself or anonymously. Once your prayer request is received, we will share it according to your instructions and all requests must be approved to protect the users of our PrayerWall. Feel free to submit as many prayer requests as you like. Thank you for letting us pray with you.