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Help with prayer group changes [message #819909] Tue, 09 May 2017 08:27 Go to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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For the past 10 years, I have been a member of a prayer group that was led by a couple who moved into our area. It is loosely connected with a retreat center near us. We meet at ther retreat center every two weeks in the summer, and at the couple's home in the winter.

So, the couple have had a lot of serious health issues as they have aged, and recently moved rather suddenly to another state to be near their children. It's a good move for them, but now our prayer group needs to make decisions about how to continue.

For the time being, we are taking turns leading the prayer meeting. I have volunteered to be the contact person...keeping the key to the meeting place, maintaining a contact list, and emailing members with reminders. I am not willing to have this responsibility forever, but I will do it this summer, at least.

Has anyone ever been a member of such a group, with rotating leadership?

I am looking for advice, suggestions, ideas....

We will need to figure out where to meet in wintertime, when the center closes. Members are aging, and so we need a handicap accessible place with good acoustics. We may want to change the meeting time, since some members are hesitant to drive when it is dark.

Thoughts?


Lisa T.
Re: Help with prayer group changes [message #819915 is a reply to message #819909 ] Wed, 10 May 2017 22:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Hi! In my town, the library has a room like that...also, a local lawyer just offered his meeting room for free to local groups....


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Help with prayer group changes [message #819917 is a reply to message #819909 ] Thu, 11 May 2017 08:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Praying for you! Do you have a local church that would allow you to use a room? Or perhaps a restaurant or coffee house with a private room provided you order food for your meeting?


Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Help with prayer group changes [message #819918 is a reply to message #819909 ] Thu, 11 May 2017 08:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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Have you taken this responsibility because no one else wanted it? And is the nature of the group simply to meet and pray, or is there some sort of prepared devotional message? And is there an actual group prayer list that is maintained by someone? And are contacts and reminders sent by regular mail or phone, or are they emailed?

I'm asking because if it's just a group that meets regularly, and is more casual, you could pick a place like the library, as Sherry suggested, or maybe a church that has an open door policy during the week, and everyone could just go to pray, without much in the way of leadership.

If it's more involved, I'd consider rotating through the group on a monthly or quarterly basis--John leads and maintains the lists for June, Suzie does it in July and so forth. Set the schedule at one of your meetings for six months or a year in advance, and let it run rather automatically. That would be easier and smoother than, say, switching off weekly.

I'm sorry your group has been disrupted, but pray this is an opportunity for growth as you walk through the change together


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Help with prayer group changes [message #819922 is a reply to message #819909 ] Thu, 11 May 2017 15:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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More information:

I offered to be the contact person because I attend fairly regularly, and it's simple for me to keep the key and the intentions book, and send out an email every two weeks. Another member is making the phone calls to elderly members who don't use email. (We have several of those). Another person is going to help with music.

We meet biweekly for 90 minutes. Usually we have some praise and adoration time, then the leader reads a scripture or some other devotional writing of their choice, we pray and discuss and add as the Spirit leads. We end by laying hands on those who need prayer and praying for intentions. The whole thing is very Spirit led, although usually that is the general format.

People have signed up for leading week by week, and we have volunteer leaders scheduled through August right now. We can stay at the retreat center till the weather gets cold, and then hopefully can move to a local church. Although we welcome everyone who wants to join us, we are mostly members of a particular denomination. Because our prayer style includes singing, praying in tongues, prophetic word, etc, a public meeting room like the library or community center would probably be awkward. Hopefully we will find a church space--that is our preference. Acoustics are important because some members are hard of hearing, and some other members have foreign accents and can be difficult to understand.

Having had one more meeting since I first posted, I think things will work out pretty well. Everybody is willing to help out, although some are anxious about the responsibility of leading, and some of the older members are not able to commit to "taking charge". (For example, one woman uses a walker, but she can drive. Her dh can lift her walker into the trunk of the car and give her his arm to steady her if she needs it, but he had a stroke and has difficulty speaking. They help each other, but no one expects them to take leadership. We are so happy they are able to attend, and that is sufficient.


Lisa T.
Re: Help with prayer group changes [message #819924 is a reply to message #819922 ] Thu, 11 May 2017 22:02 Go to previous message
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Ah...yes, I see that the library wouldn't work. I was envisioning "just" prayer. I'm glad to see that folks are stepping up. It seems that with a place to meet, you have a pretty good system. All you need is someone to coordinate and delegate. Especially if everyone is pretty in tune being led by the Spirit, it should flow.


Blessings,
Lisa R.
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