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.
Spiritual Direction Groups
Spiritual Direction groups meet monthly 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 Sep-Dec, pending availability. Sign up by contacting Mona Chicks in the Church Office.
A referral list for Individual Direction is available through Mona Chicks.
Immerse Prayer Evening
Join our monthly contemplation and prayer experience on the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Listen for God’s message for you using a combination of lectio divina (divine reading) and visio divina (divine seeing, using art as a medium of contemplation) focused on a single word and scripture passage. Listen to God’s word through the message taught. Then pray with one another in a time of Extraordinary Prayer.
Inner Healing Prayer
Inner Healing Prayer is 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.
Anointing is 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).
We want to walk with you through the ups and downs of life, because we know that Jesus walks with you through it all. Your prayer request will be prayed over by our Prayer & Care pastoral staff, and if you provide your email and/or telephone number, you will receive a response from one of our pastors.
Nights of Prayer: Stations of Advent and Stations of the Cross
Walking through stations of the cross is an age-old practice to allow the participant to connect their own story to the story of Jesus’ death.
At BelPres, we celebrate the “stations” of both Advent and of the Cross, to connect both Jesus’ birth and his death to our own stories. The Nights of Prayer happen in December and during Passion Week prior to Easter, each telling their own story.
The Night of Prayer is self-timed and participatory. Each station has a scripture, a short devotional reading, prayer prompts, and a visual and sensory experience to help you connect with Jesus’ story. Take as much time as you need at each station.
Stations open at 5pm and close at 8pm.