It is God’s people that are at the foundation of House of Prayer. We begin each week with worship where 20-30 people participate in leadership, from musicians to readers to Sunday school teachers to ushers and coordinators. We come together to serve each other and God. We take our name seriously, by setting aside time each worship service to pray for those in need in our community and beyond.
We center our church lives around worship each Sunday. It is atypical to have the exact same order of worship two weeks in a row. Our musician groups provide the music leadership and energy for worship.
Radiating out of our worship centered life comes other Sunday activities as a community. An active Christian education hour for children and youth, and an adult forum time.
We come together as small groups for activities throughout the week. Our active social ministry committee plans activities or opportunity to serve others each month. Examples of these activities are, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children, special opportunities to give school supplies to students in need, collecting Christmas gifts for children and families in need, and writing cards to service personnel.
A small group bible study meets each Wednesday to discuss the lessons for the coming week. It’s informal and open to anyone with no preparation neccessary. Throughout the year, members will lead 6-8 week long bible studies of specific books or other topics of interest. These are sometimes hosted in members homes.
Twice a year, we come together as a “family” and host the community to some fun, fellowship and of course food. The winter event is the Community Christmas Breakfast, while the late summer event is the Community Festival. These events are planned, coordinated and completed by the people of HOP. We come together to donate time, food, silent auction items and much more to have fun as a community and to invite the broader community to enjoy God’s grace.
We have several long term connections outside our walls. We have long been a supporter of the North Saint Paul Area Emergency Food shelf. We also have a long term partnership with a companion congregation in Iringa, Tanzania. These have been valuable partnerships in helping us connect with those outside our walls, providing thousands of pounds of food and dozens of missionaries to Tanzania.
We also have a number of members involved in Via de Cristo, Lake Wappogasset camps and Thrivent Financial.
We truly understand that God’s grace provides us an opportunity to laugh together, cry together and connect with the world around us to share the love of Christ.
Interim Pastor Steve Cruys
- Barb Benetti, Parish Administrator
- William Mills, Music/Choir Director
Council (Executive Committee)
- Bruce J., President
- Pam H., Vice President
- John T., Treasurer
- Bev B., Secretary