Outreach Magazine Editors
People in your community may be dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one, struggling with guilt or just having a difficult day, and they don’t know where to go to find solace. They may not attend church regularly or even consider themselves religious, but in time of need, their instinct is to find a haven or safe place where they can escape from the hustle and bustle of life, kneel at the altar or simply light a candle for a loved one. Offer them this quiet place by converting your church’s sanctuary into a prayer chapel at little or no cost to you.
Advertise. Place signs around the church building advertising the prayer chapel, which you can keep open
24 hours or posted hours. Signs might read, “Need a moment of peace? Stop by our prayer chapel.”
Enhance The Atmosphere. Keep the lights dim and the interior cool, making it a quiet and comfortable refuge for visitors. Provide a place to kneel, and candles and matches. Many people who grew up in the Catholic church find comfort in using candles in conjunction with prayer.
Supply. Provide Bibles and hymnals for reading and meditation. Place a sign near the Bibles urging people
to take one.
Connect. Have prayer/ connection cards and pens available, along with a box for people to drop in their
prayer requests when they are finished. If they wish, they can check a box on the card asking to be contacted by a pastor. Consider having a staff member “on duty” while the prayer chapel is open.
Write. Put out a journal for people to express their thoughts and feelings anonymously.
Promote. Make sure signs and pamphlets about services and ministries are clearly visible.
The above article, “Seeking Sanctuary,” was written by the Outreach Magazine Editors. The article was excerpted from pg 12 of “Keep the Change, Outreach on a Shoestring,” which is featured in the Outreach magazine.
The material is most likely copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”