Prayer Groups

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Why is prayer important? The simple answer is . . . we can’t do it on our own. Woven throughout the Bible from the times of Adam and Eve to the New Testament apostles, we find an invitation to be in relationship with God. Prayer is not only a conversation with God, but it is communion with God.

Along with entering into the presence of God through prayer, we also have God’s full and loving attention. We have open access to the ear of God, and this is critically important in our life of faith. God desires us to spend time in prayer. We ask for guidance, and God delivers the answer. It is taking the time to know God and to be renewed in God’s divine presence. God’s Holy Spirit moves in, around, and through us in response to our prayers. Prayer is a means of growing in faith and dependence on God and learning to trust in God’s answers and provisions.

Knowing the importance and value of prayer and realizing that a variety of days and times makes it possible and easier for people to participate, we offer numerous opportunities for you to join with others in prayer. You’ll find a list of those opportunities below.

For more information, contact Doris at dorisvk@christmemorial.org or Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or to let us know of your interest in any of these groups sign up here: Registration Form – Winter 2023 Adult Classes and Groups

Women Praying on Mondays
Monday mornings, 11:15am-12:15pm
Remaining Fall dates: November 28, December 5 and 12
(Winter Break – not meeting December 19 and 26, January 2)
Begins again on January 9
Coordinator: Beth Eichler
Prayer Room off the Fireside Café

Women, you are invited to grow in your relationship with God through prayer. Please come and join us as we gather together to pray, share, and care for each other. Each time begins with a brief reflection on prayer, and then most of the time is spent simply praying together. Attend when you can!

Moms / Grandmothers in Prayer
Tuesday mornings, 10-11am
Remaining Fall dates: November 29, December 6
(Winter Break – not meeting December 13, 20, and 27, January 3)
Begins again on January 10
Coordinator: Linda Aalderink
Room 160-161 in the Adult Wing

God’s power is unleashed through our prayers! We live in a culture that seeks to blind our children to the reality of God’s love for them. Praying with other moms for our children and schools breaks through these barriers and impacts them for Christ. Start or find a local Moms in Prayer group by calling/texting Linda Aalderink at 616-836-9256.

Tuesday Morning Prayer – Praying for Your Business or Workplace
Tuesday mornings, 8-9am
Meets year-round
Facilitators:  Mari Martin and Gary Veurink
Contact:  Doris VanKooten
Virtual group via Zoom

Everyone’s time is precious! This Tuesday morning time of prayer is designed for busy people in the workforce whose schedules are constrained and who may not have an hour to join one of the other times of prayer at Christ Memorial. This group of men and women meets together virtually via Zoom because of its convenience for people to join without having to be physically present. A Zoom invitation link is sent out weekly to workplace leaders and business owners.  Email dorisvk@christmemorial.org to have your name added to the Zoom link list. If you are unable to attend the 8am Zoom call but have a specific prayer request you can also send those requests to dorisvk@christmemorial.org (note “Mari and Gary’s Prayer Group” in the subject line), and your request will be prayed for.

Women Praying on Wednesdays
Wednesday afternoons, 4:15-5:15pm
Remaining Fall meeting dates: November 30, December 7 and 14
(Winter Break – not meeting December 21 and 28, and January 4)
Continues on January 11 (not meeting Ash Wednesday, February 22)
Coordinator: Barb Kiekintveld
Prayer Room off the Fireside Café

The focus of this prayer group will be on outreach. We want to grow in our ability to allow God to work through us to reach people in our lives for God. During the Fall meeting dates, we will read and discuss Organic Outreach for Ordinary People by Kevin G. Harney.

Beginning January 11, this in-person, women’s prayer group will be reading, discussing and praying through Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ.

Each time that we meet our focus is on praying for those who may not yet be part of God’s family, as well as other prayer concerns.

Thursday Prayer for Men
Thursday mid-day, 11am-Noon
Remaining Fall meeting dates: December 1, 8, and 15
(Winter Break – not meeting December 22 and 29, and January 5)
Continues on January 12
Coordinator: Ron Wolthuis
Prayer Room off the Fireside Café

Come and join us as we learn and grow in praying together! We spend time each week in praise, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. While our main focus is our church, our church family, and our own families, we also pray for God’s work in our community, nation, and world. Even if you have never prayed in a group before, you are welcome and encouraged to join us!

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