Caring Ministries is the arm of ministry that brings nurture and care to the Bellevue Presbyterian Church community and beyond, through support, prayer, hospitality, and fellowship for all ages through all stages of life.
If you are struggling and need to talk with a pastor for spiritual, relational, or emotional support, please contact any of our pastoral staff. They are glad to support you with short-term, pastoral counseling. You can find a list of our pastors with contact information on our Church Leadership & Staff page.
For extended counseling care, we have a list of therapist referrals that could help you find a good fit for your particular situation. Please contact Mona in the Church Office for direct referrals to therapists, in specialized or general fields.
The Samaritan Center of Puget Sound has an office on the BelPres campus, and is a convenient location for counseling, with excellent therapists and reasonable fees. The following therapists work out of our BelPres Samaritan Center office.
Deb Thomas, M.S.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Voice mail: (206) 527-2273 ext. 343
Bellevue: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1800 100th Ave NE, Room 421
Tuesday – Friday
Eric Stroo, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60235491)
Voice mail: (206) 527-2273 ext. 334
Seattle Main Office (near Green Lake), 564 NE Ravenna Blvd., Wednesday and Thursday
Bellevue Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1800 100th Ave. NE, Room 421, Monday
Redmond Church of the Holy Cross (Episcopal), 11526 162nd Ave NE, Friday
Roger Lin, Psy.D., Th.M., M.Div. (PICTURE)
Licensed Psychologist (WA license: PY60505827)
Voice Mail: 206-527-2266 x360
Voice Mail: 206-527-2266 x360
Seattle: Main Office (near Green Lake), 564 NE Ravenna Blvd.
Wednesday and Friday
Bellevue: Bellevue First Presbyterian Church, 1800 100th Ave NE, Room 421
Tuesday and Thursday
Bellevue Presbyterian Church offers many support groups that aim to meet the needs of the congregation. Support Groups provide practical help, encouragement, and spiritual and emotional support to participants. Caring Ministries oversees the group leaders, encouraging them to support our members and friends, and to share the love of Christ.
There is no fee or need to register for a group; you are welcome to join at any time.
For more information about a specific support group, click on the appropriate page or contact the group leader. Contact information can be found in the directory to the right. For other questions, call Mona Chicks in the Church Office.
Deb Forman: email@example.com or 425-235-1909
Meets third Sunday of each month, 10-10:50am in S-105.
Caregivers of Alzheimer’s/Dementia:
Contact Barbara Levinski: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets the second Wednesday of each month, 1:30-3pm in S-105.
There are many groups on the Eastside dedicated to supporting patients and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association provides in-home consultations and assistance, as well as many support groups at various times and locations on the Eastside.
For a helpful and clear explanation of how Alzheimer’s affects your brain, check out this animation from ScienceAlert.
Grief Recovery Support:
Rev. Pat LeBaron: email@example.com
Meets the first and third Sundays of each month, 12:15-1:30pm in S-105.
Ellie Brasher: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-820-1849
Meets for lunch at various locations on the fourth Thursday of each month. Contact Ellie Brasher for specifics.
Jack Stevenson: email@example.com or 360-668-2115
Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7-9pm in S-223. Wives or others in a support role are invited to quarterly meetings on the first Wednesday of January, April, July, and October, at 7-9pm in S-137.
A ministry to widowed women. It helps many widows cope with the difficult time of mourning and is a great place for wonderful new friendships. The luncheon group meets the first Thursday of the month from September to June at noon in S-141. Lunch is served, and there is an inspirational and informative talk each month. For information, please contact Mona Chicks in the Church Office.
Additional Widows Fellowship Activities:
- Dinner Group meets on the third Saturday of the month at various Eastside restaurants.
- Lunch Bunch meets on the last Monday of the month from September through June at 11:30am at various Eastside restaurants.
- Book Club meets the second Thursday of the month from September through June from 1-3pm in S-205, to discuss different books from Jane Austen to Francine Rivers (and points in between), with discussions led by people such as Christina Dudley, local author Debra Dean, and our own history buff, Elder Jerry Rettig.
BelPres Confidential Helpline
If you or a loved one struggles with pornography or sexual addiction, help is available. Call 425-454-3084 x3209.
Congratulations on your decision to be married. We believe God has had a direct hand in your commitment to each other and is an indispensable partner with you in your new relationship as husband and wife. The only “not good” from God in the Creation stories (Genesis 1-2) appears when Adam is alone! Then God provides a partner, so that the “two shall be one … and unashamed!”
It is our desire, as the wedding staff of Bellevue Presbyterian Church, to help you celebrate your wedding vows in the most joyful and dignified manner possible. We believe that your wedding should be remembered as a holy event in your lives and as a time when God’s love and grace were evident to all.
To schedule a wedding, contact Diane Crim, 425-454-3082.
Wedding Coordinator: Mardi Taylor.
Pastors: All can be reached at the Church Office, 425-454-3082.
Contact Diane Crim, 425-454-3082 for costs associated with weddings. Please note that costs quoted are subject to change.
- A non-refundable deposit of $150 is needed to secure your date on the church calendar. Once the deposit is received, your date will be confirmed.
- Final payment of all fees associated with the church is due at the last meeting with the Wedding Coordinator.
Day of Wedding
Your wedding is a joyful experience. To assist in having everything run smoothly, here are some things to plan and have in place on your wedding day.
- Remember, the marriage license must be at the church two weeks before the wedding with the biographical information completed.
- The church is available to the wedding party 3 hours prior to the ceremony for decoration set-up, dressing of the bridal party, and photography.
- Snack table. We suggest someone put together snacks for the wedding party to have before the wedding. Finger foods and clear beverages that will not spot clothing are best.
- Professional photography must be completed one hour before the ceremony.
- The sanctuary will be cleared one hour before the ceremony. During that time the wedding party can have snacks and pack their bags. It is helpful to have your bags packed and ready to go before the ceremony.
- All family to be seated in the “family rows,” excluding parents of the bride and groom, will be seated 20 minutes before the ceremony begins. Have family members identify themselves to the ushers.
- Five minutes before the wedding begins, the ushers will fill any empty seats in the family rows.
- Arrange ahead of time for:
- Someone to take the wedding gifts from the church.
- Someone to remove your flowers from the sanctuary. Prior arrangements may be made with the church if you choose to leave a floral arrangement after a Saturday evening wedding for the church service on Sunday morning.
- Someone to make sure everything is taken from the dressing rooms, preferably prior to the ceremony, and put into the cars.
- Someone to pick up the unity candle, tapers, guest book, and CD after the wedding.
The church has the following items for wedding use:
- Three (3) flower stands, various heights
Tacks, tape and pins may not be used.
Decorations may be wired to the chairs.
Flower arrangements are not to be placed on the communion table; live plants are not permitted on our floors in or outside the building.
To obtain a marriage license:
- Apply at the King County Administration Building, Seattle, between 4th and 5th Avenues on James Street. You may obtain a marriage license at other locations; please call (206) 296-3933 for the locations and hours.
- Both bride and groom must be present.
- Both must be 18 years or older.
- Witnesses and a blood test are not required.
- Cash only, no checks.
- There is a 3-day waiting period following application, and then the license is valid for 60 days. The bride and groom must complete the biographical information about themselves and their parents requested on the certificates to be filed with King County. The marriage license must be brought to the church at least one month before the wedding. Additional information is available by calling (206) 296-3933.
- All certificates day of the wedding must be filled out and signed in black ink.
The wedding ceremony is a Christian worship service, and all music used in it should be appropriate to the worship of God. It should be God-directed and God-celebrative. The texts should reflect the themes inherent in a Christian marriage service: praise of God, the steadfast love of Christ for the church as the foundation and model for love and fidelity in marriage, and prayer for God’s presence and blessing.
- The church organist is available to assist you in the selection of organ or piano music.
- The officiating pastor from BelPres requests to review your music selections.
- When the organ is used in the ceremony, the church organist is to play, or if not available, the church organist can secure a substitute. Fees for other organists/pianists may vary.
- The Wedding Coordinator and organist can provide names of instrumentalists, soloists, or ensembles to enhance the music at the wedding service.
- If you desire a particular soloist, please provide both the soloist and organist with each other’s names and phone numbers and request they contact one another.
Pictures & Sound
- Professional photography is normally taken prior to the ceremony and is to be completed one hour before the wedding.
- If photography is preferred after the ceremony, there is an additional charge of $100.
- Your guests are invited to take flash pictures before and after the ceremony. For safety and the dignity of worship, we ask that they not be taken during the wedding ceremony.
- The ceremony may be videotaped using natural light. To remain out of the sightline of your guests and photographers, the video camera is to be at the far sides or rear entrance of the Sanctuary.
- You will be given an CD recording of your wedding.
- Microphone or soloist sound checks will be done in the Sanctuary one hour prior to the wedding.
A well-planned and coordinated wedding will make your day special and enable it to run smoothly. These guidelines will help.
Please allow time to schedule required counseling prior to the wedding:
- Two or three sessions, preferably Monday thru Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the pastor who will perform the wedding.
- Our pastors request attendance at Engaged Encounter or the series of Premarriage Classes offered at our church or Presbyterian Counseling Service or a comparable marriage preparation series. Information is available through the Wedding Coordinator.
To assure coordination with church activities, the church will have you work with the Wedding Coordinator. Meetings with the Coordinator include:
- First appointment: orientation with on-site preview of Sanctuary and facilities, clarification of policy, time for questions. Bring: completed Wedding Application form.
- Final meeting: one month prior to wedding date for finalizing of wedding and rehearsal plans and financial costs. Bring: names of all in the wedding party; names and phone numbers for florist, photographer, videographer, soloist, and/or limousine service you plan to use. The final payment is due at this time.
- Rehearsal: one hour.
The Wedding Coordinator or pastor will conduct your rehearsal, assist on your wedding day, and handle all the financial arrangements between the church and the wedding party, including the pastor’s honorarium.
All requests for outside pastors, especially those of denominations other than Presbyterian, must be cleared with our Rev. Danna VanHorn before a firm date can be set.
Bellevue Presbyterian Church partners with the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound for Pre-marriage counseling and Marriage Prep Seminars.
Use of Our Building
Dressing rooms are provided for both the bride and groom and their attendants. Items available are:
•Ironing board, iron and steamer, needle & thread, etc.
•Make-up mirror and full-length mirror
The church cannot be held responsible for items left in dressing rooms and/or other places in the church.
The throwing of rice, birdseed, flower petals, fireworks, paper streamers, or substitutes is not permitted in the church or on church grounds.
There is no smoking allowed inside the church building or on church grounds.
Live animals, except for service dogs, are not permitted in the church facility.
Please be respectful of language while in and on the church property.
Small motorized vehicles are not permitted in the Sanctuary.
Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances anywhere in the church buildings or on the grounds will not be tolerated.
Rehearsals are normally scheduled on Friday night for Saturday or Sunday weddings. A rehearsal is one hour and scheduled between 4:30 and 6:00 pm (On busy weekends 2-3 rehearsals may have to be scheduled for Friday evening.) The Wedding Coordinator is willing to work out a different time if you or your pastor has special rehearsal needs.
Rehearsals begin promptly; you have only one hour. Please schedule your rehearsal so everyone can be on time.
The entire wedding party must be present.
The Wedding Coordinator or officiating pastor will conduct the rehearsal.
Parents of the bride and groom should attend, if possible.
Because of time constraints, there is not time for the soloist to practice in the Sanctuary on the night of the rehearsal. Please call Diane Crim at the Church Office to schedule a rehearsal time.
Bring the following items if you are using them at your wedding: guest book, pen, unity candle and matching tapers, programs and maps, box of garbage bags for concealing gifts in your car.
Working with You
Our church wedding staff looks forward to working with you. We want to make your wedding a very special and memorable occasion. First contact Diane Crim, Office Manager, 425-454-3082, in the Church Office to schedule your wedding. After your wedding is confirmed and a $150 non-refundable deposit is received the Wedding Coordinator will send you an information packet.
Either the Sanctuary or S-150 are available for your wedding. The Sanctuary seating capacity is 984, and S-150 will seat 120. An organ and piano are available in the Sanctuary. One grand piano is available in S-150.
Reception capacity in UC-303 is 120. Reception capacity in the Lobby is 400 (standing) or 120 (seated).
At the first appointment with the Wedding Coordinator, bring with you:
- Completed Wedding Application form
- All your questions
Prior to your first appointment with your officiating pastor, please mail to that pastor your Premarital Information Forms (available in the wedding packet or through Diane Crim).
At Bellevue Presbyterian Church we offer the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one who has died. Through music, eulogy, scripture, remembrances, and the proclamation that this life is not all there is; that we are people of life, living temporarily in the land of the dying, we commemorate the loved one and worship our God who saves us from eternal death unto eternal life. Contact the Mona Chicks in the Church Office for more information and availability of pastors and particular dates.
Guidelines for Preparing a Personal Remembrance (PDF)
Job 19:23-27 – “I know that my redeemer lives.”
Isa. 25:6-9 – “God will swallow up death forever.”
Isa. 26:1-4, 19 – “God will keep them in peace.”
Isa. 40:1-11, 28-31 – “Comfort my people.”
Isa. 40:28-31 – “Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.”
Isa. 43:1-3a, 18-19, 25 – “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”
Isa. 44:6-8 – “I am the first and the last.”
Isa. 55:1-3, 6-13 – “Ho, everyone who thirsts.”
Isa. 61:1-4, 10-11 – “The spirit of the Lord is upon me.”
Isa. 65:17-25 – “I create new heavens and a new earth.”
Lam. 3:19-26, 31b-32 – “The Lord’s steadfast love.”
Dan. 12:1-3 – “Many of those who sleep in the dust shall awake.”
Joel 2:12-13, 23-24, 26-29 – “Return to the Lord with all your heart.”
Zech. 8:1-8 – “Children playing in the streets of the city.”
Isa. 65:17-25 – “I create new heavens and a new earth.”
Lam. 3:1-9, 19-23 – “The Lord’s steadfast love.”
Ps. 16:5-11 – “The Lord is my chosen portion.”
Ps. 23 – “The Lord is my shepherd.”
Ps. 27:1, 4-9a, 13-14 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
Ps. 39: 4-5, 12 – “Lord, let me know my end.”
Ps. 42:1-6a – “As a deer longs for flowing streams.”
Ps. 43 – “Give judgment for me, O God.”
Ps. 46:1-5, 10-11 – “A very present help in trouble.”
Ps. 90:1-10, 12 – “Teach us to number our days.”
Ps. 91 – “The one who dwells in the shelter of the Most High.”
Ps. 103 – “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”
Ps. 106:1-5 – “O give thanks to the Lord.”
Ps. 116:1-9, 15 – “The Lord has heard my voice.”
Ps. 118 – “Open the gates of righteousness.”
Ps. 121 – “I lift up my eyes to the hills.”
Ps. 130 – “Out of the depths I cry to the Lord.”
Ps. 139:1-12 – “Where shall I go from your spirit?”
Ps. 145 – “I will extol you, O God my King.”
Ps. 146 – “Hallelujah! praise the Lord, O my soul.”
Matt. 5:1-12a – “The Beatitudes.”
Matt. 11:25-30 – “Hidden from the wise, revealed to infants.”
Matt. 25:1-13 – “Wise and foolish bridesmaids.”
Matt. 25:31-46 – “The Last Judgment.”
Luke 7:11-17 – “Jesus raises the son of the widow of Nain.”
Luke 18:15-17 – “We enter the kingdom only as children.”
Luke 23:33, 39-43 – “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
John 3:16-21 – “God so loved the world.”
John 5:24-29 – “Whoever hears and believes has eternal life.”
John 6:37-40 – “Anyone who comes to me I will never drive away.”
John 6:47-58 – “Whoever believes in me has eternal life.”
John 11:17-27 – “I am the resurrection and the life.”
John 11:38-44 – “Lazarus raised from the dead.”
John 14:1-6, 25-27 – “Let not your hearts be troubled.”
Rom. 5:1-11 – “Hope does not disappoint.”
Rom. 6:3-9 – “Baptized into Christ’s death, raised to live with him.”
Rom. 8:14-23, 31-39 – “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”
Rom. 14:7-9, 10b-12 – “Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”
1 Cor. 15:3-8, 12-20a – “Christ raised from the dead.”
1 Cor. 15:20-24a – “In Christ shall all be made alive.”
1 Cor. 15:20-26, 35-38, 42-44, 50, 53-58 – “Death is swallowed in victory.”
1 Cor. 15:35-44 – “The natural body and the spiritual body.”
1 Cor. 15:50-57 – “We shall all be changed.”
2 Cor. 4:16-5:1 – “Visible things are temporary, invisible things eternal.”
2 Cor. 5:1-10 – “From God we have a house not made with hands.”
Eph. 1:11-2:1, 4-10 – “Saved by grace through faith.”
Phil. 3:7-11 – “Knowing him and the power of his resurrection.”
Phil. 3:20-21 – “Our citizenship is in heaven.”
Col. 3:1-17 – “Set your minds on the things that are above.”
1 Thess. 4:13-18 – “The comfort of Christ’s coming.”
2 Tim. 2:8-13 – “If we died with him, we shall also live with him.”
Heb. 2:14-18 – “Christ was tested in every way.”
Heb. 11:1-3, 13-16; 12:1-2 – “Faith, the pilgrimage, the cloud of witnesses.”
1 Peter 1:3-9 – “Without seeing Christ, you love him.”
1 Peter 3:18-22; 4:6 – “Christ’s ministry to the spirits in prison.”
1 John 3:1-3 – “We are children of God.”
Rev. 7:2-3, 9-17 – “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation.”
Rev. 14:1-3, 6-7, 12-13 – “Rest for the saints
Rev. 21:1-4, 22-25; 22:3-5 – “A new heaven and a new earth.”
Rev. 22:1-5 – “The Lord God will be their light.”
Planning a Memorial Service
Where should the service be held?
Except for compelling reasons the service for Christians is normally held at BelPres, at a time when the congregation is able to be present. The memorial service is witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is a time for Christians to gather as a community and mourn the death of someone dear to them.
Who should officiate the service?
Services are officiated by one of the BelPres pastors or outside clergy as approved by Rev. Danna VanHorn, Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries. Rev. VanHorn oversees the bereavement ministry at the church.
Do you want a eulogy, and who should deliver it?
This can be delivered by a pastor or by a close friend or loved one. This gives the facts of your loved ones life and is separate from a time for sharing memories. This portion enables those who share later to zero in on one part of your loved one’s life instead of trying to encapsulate it all themselves. (See Preparing a Personal Remembrance)
Would you like people to share memories?
Think of people who will be able to honor the life of your loved one through sharing stories and memories. Ask them to share one experience they had as a means of illuminating a facet of your loved ones life.
Would you like the remains to be present?
This is where the distinction between a funeral and a memorial lies: whether or not there are remains present. While we have had ashes present, we generally do not have caskets in the service. A separate graveside service is held with the casket. If the ashes are to be interred, a separate service may be held for that as well.
What music should be played?
Music is an important part of the service. It speaks in ways that readings and times of sharing cannot and it gives a space for people to reflect and pray. The music selected may be vocal or instrumental, it just needs to be appropriate for the setting. Feel free to pick a favorite of your loved one and ask the pastor for help placing it in the service. For larger services the use of congregational hymns is appropriate. However, for smaller services it is best to have a soloist perform the songs.
What readings would you like to have read?
The use of Scripture is central to the memorial service. The scriptures selected may be ones that were special to the one being remembered or ones that the pastor suggests. It is a good idea for the family to pick a few to discuss with the pastor.
Is there a special poem you would like shared with the guests?
There may be a reading or poem that was important to the person being remembered. With the pastors approval these may be included in the bulletin or read in the service; this would be determined when the family meets with the pastor to plan the service.
Are there any special photographs or other memorabilia you would like displayed?
Generally, there is a table in the Lobby displaying photos and other items that were representative of the person’s life. They may reflect a particular hobby, career or other passion as well special memories with family and friends. Whether or not this is done is up to the family but is something they should consider as it gives those who are attending a full scope of the person’s life.
Would you like a reception held after the service?
Generally, there is a light reception hosted by the church after the service. This consists of cookies, brownies and nuts with coffee, tea and punch. If the family wishes to have a larger reception they should look at reserving a space elsewhere to have it catered.
What will occur when the family meets with the Pastor at the church?
The pastor will meet with the family and go through many of the same questions above as a means of gathering information to put together the memorial service. They will offer their own suggestions based on their theological training and experience as a means of guiding the family. By the end of this meeting, the service will be planned and the church staff will then work to prepare for the service.
After the Pastor has met with the family, the Memorial Coordinator will then step in to cover the details of the service. Their job is to work with the family to talk through the selection of soloists, accompanists, a sound technician. In addition they will help the family select the bulletins, and discuss flowers and the guestbook.
The Memorial Garden is a place of quiet and beauty, where cremated remains of those who identify with the faith community at BelPres may be interred. In this way the Church cares for one another and witnesses to our faith, “In life and in death we belong to God.” The Memorial Garden is a hallowed site, sacred to the memory of those who have joined the Church Triumphant. In a setting conducive to meditation and reflection, the Courtyard Garden is located adjacent to the Music Hall. The design of the Memorial Garden is in keeping with the architecture of the church. The Tree of Life gate welcomes visitors into the presence of the Living God. Throughout the garden, Scriptures affirm God’s eternal promises and provide hope and comfort to those who mourn. For more information about the Memorial Garden, see the links to the right, or contact Mona Chicks in the Church Office.
Why do we have a Memorial Garden?
Gives witness to our faith that “in life and in death we belong to the Lord.” Provides a memorial for loved ones on the grounds of the faith community. It is a place of quiet and beauty for reflection and meditation. Affirms God’s eternal promises through scripture and the symbols of faith.
Where is the Memorial Garden?
The Garden is located outside of the Choir Rehearsal Room. We would be happy to give you a tour!
What is the cost?
Double Niche – $3000 Single Niche – $1650 Memorialization – $1200
I’m interested, whom do I contact?
Mona Chicks: Administrative Assistant, 425-454-3082.
Rev. Danna VanHorn: Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries
Caring Minsitries Volunteer Opportunities
Immediate Need – Memorial Reception Team
Memorial Reception Team – assist Memorial Coordinator and Memorial Reception Host to provide a welcoming and warm environment for those attending memorial services. Time commitment is about 3 hours, as needed, weekdays and/or weekends. Contact GetConnected for more information.
PSST – Pastors and Staff Support Team supports our staff by providing birthday treats for staff birthdays, and quarterly treats for the whole staff like Fruit Salad & Cookies, the Chocolate Cart, and the Soup & Bread Lunch. Time commitment is about 3-4 hours each quarter. Contact GetConnected for more information.
Prayer Request (FORM)
Prayer & Spiritual Direction
Through retreats, classes, and small group direction once a month, as well as various prayer groups and prayer opportunities for training and in worship settings, we offer the opportunity to deepen your life and trust in God.
- Immerse Saturdays
- Designed to provide unique and varied opportunities to connect with God, through learning, practice, personal meditation, and creative expression.
- Spiritual Direction Groups
- Meet from September through May, to join together in growing deeper connection with God and community with each other. You may enter groups at any time during the season, pending availability. Sign up by contactingMona Chicks in the Church Office.
- A referral list for Individual Direction is available throughMona Chicks.
- Inner Healing Prayer
- An opportunity to meet with our trained lay prayer ministers to welcome Jesus into areas of hurt, trauma, or pain in order to invite His healing into those areas. The result is personal transformation, forgiveness of those who have hurt us, and experiencing God’s healing presence and grace. Prayer ministers will guide you in a process that encourages healing at a deep level.
- To connect with the Inner Healing Prayer ministry, please complete thisonline form, or contact Mona Chicks in the Church Office.
- An ancient practice with roots in early Israel and continued through Jesus and the Church. To be anointed is to be set apart for special purpose – for God’s purpose. Anointing in Scripture can be of humans or objects, making them holy for God’s work. Prophets and kings were anointed, as were furnishings for the tabernacle and temple. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit at his baptism, and his feet were anointed by Mary with expensive perfume. We are God’s anointed ones, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come”(2 Cor 1:21-22).
- At BelPres, we offering prayer with anointing on the first Sunday of each month, and at selected special services.
- Worship Service Prayer
Prayer is the basis for all we do as Christians. Each Sunday, a prayer minister is available to pray with you at the conclusion of each worship service. You can find the prayer minister to the right of the stage/chancel area (in the Sanctuary, outside the Prayer Room; in the Modern Worship Center, to the right of the stage, under the cross).
Request for Inner Healing Prayer (FORM)
Heart Conversations (Prayer & Fasting)
Think of prayer like an informal conversation with a good friend. Sometimes you talk sometimes you listen. In either case, you are present to one another, and always listening for the heart behind the words. The best part is Jesus is always interested and available for a conversation with you.
IDEAS TO PLAY WITH ABOUT PRAYER
It can be helpful to have starting places for prayer. Here are a few ideas that have worked well for others. Keep in mind, not everyone will converse with Jesus in the same way. That’s why it’s important to “play” with these ideas rather than try to master them.
- Tell Jesus what you’re feeling (mad, sad, glad, etc.) and what’s on your mind (work, relationships, calling). Jesus can handle any thought and feelings you bring.
- Read a Psalm to stir your thoughts. There is a long-standing church tradition of reading 5 Psalms a day for month (there are 150 Psalms) as a way to practice regular prayer. Most of the Psalms are very short and easy to relate to as they express the fullness of human emotions from passionate love to raging disgust (and everything in between).
- Once a day, answer a couple of questions:
- Where did I experience peace or joy today?
- Where did I experience someone, something, or some event that undermined or discouraged my peace and joy?
- Gratitude can open our hearts and minds in prayer so at the end of the day, think about some things you are thankful for. To help focus your mind and body, write down your thoughts/prayers.
- Picture Jesus sitting next to you (because he is) and just talk to him as you would talk to a friend.
Fasting is simply taking a break from something we normally enjoy in order to create some mind and heart space for conversation with Jesus. Often it involves skipping a meal (or three) and using that time for praying instead. But it can also include breaks from TV, social media, sports and news consumption, etc. It’s about giving up something natural to experience something (or someone) supernatural.
IDEAS TO PLAY WITH ABOUT FASTING
- Select a day or a portion of your day to help frame your fasting time and choose some ‘good thing’ to fast from, like food or TV or your cell phone.
- While you’re fasting, it can be helpful to keep a pen handy to capture what Jesus is saying to you. You might want to respond in writing.
- Your fasting time might focus around a particular issue, event, or person that you especially want Jesus’ help with. As you bring these things to Jesus, ask him to form new thoughts and actions in response to that issue, event, or person.
- You might choose to slowly and thoughtfully read through a passage of scripture (again the Psalms can be great for this) to help focus your fasting time.