First United Methodist Church of Olympia celebrates prayer as a means of connecting with our loving God and with one another. Prayer is elemental in God’s plan for healing and for the transformation of the world. God’s Spirit leads seekers into a lifestyle of meditation and prayer, a divine partnership of God’s spirit exemplified in Jesus, who moved often into times and places of prayer and regularly invited others to join with him. Prayer may be a solitary pursuit, but it can also be a time of fellowship in community with others who are seeking God and holiness. We do this in a variety of ways:
Sunday mornings – Worship is a continual prayer to God, through hearing Scripture, singing together and listening to the pastor’s sermon. During worship we also collect prayer cards from the congregation. These prayers are then shared with the church family during the service. Our Beacon Rock (5th-6th grade Sunday School) and Congregational Care Team send out cards to anyone who has filled out a prayer card, letting them know the community continues to pray for them after the service has ended.
Prayer Room – We have a beautiful prayer room where all are invited to come for some Prayer Room 2quiet time with our Lord. There are prayer books, music, and the opportunity to write your prayers on the white board so anyone else who comes in can pray for you.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast – Men of the church are enthusiastically invited to attend this gathering which meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 6:30am. The group meets alternatively at IHOP on Cooper Point Rd (1st Thursday) and Denny’s Martin (3rd Thursday). Members take turns leading a devotional time of sharing and touching base about prayer concerns and matters of the spirit. For more information you can contact Robe Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Ministries Team – This group meets monthly to plan all church prayer events and prayer resources. Examples include a Good Friday prayer vigil, a Pentecost Prayer Tree (pictured) and a Memorialy Day prayer resource. The group is also planning a neighborhood prayer walk and other prayer experiences for the fall and winter months.