Good Samaritan has a large group of people who serve as prayer ministers during the Sunday services. If you'd like prayer for any issue, large or small, please do take the opportunity after you receive communion to go and visit with the prayer ministers. They pray in pairs and are entirely confidential. Please persist in prayer, and feel that you can continue to ask for prayer Sunday by Sunday for whatever it is that you'd like to invite God's presence and power into. Our prayer ministers are not counselors - they won't give you any advice - but pray-ers. They will invite God's Holy Spirit to come and be at work in you to bring healing or wisdom or whatever it is that you've asked them to pray for. Often they will be still before God as they pray with you - it's His presence and help that we are seeking, not a stream of words. Do be still with them as you wait together with them before God and bring yourself before Him. At the 9am service you can find them at the rear of the church in the corner furthest from any of the doors; at 11am in church they will be near the front on the left hand side; in the chapel they will be in the Lady Chapel.
A few times a year we designate a Sunday as a 'healing service' Sunday, and encourage everyone to come and be prayed for after they receive communion. We have lots more prayer ministers serving on those Sundays, and it has been a great encouragement for us as a community to take seriously the business of praying for one another and seeking God's help and presence in our lives.
Our opportunities for prayer go way beyond just Sunday services. The Church of the Good Samaritan offers many opportunities for prayer. Our regular prayer ministries include a daily and weekly email chain, a “soaking” prayer chain for those with long-term prayer needs, as well as the prayer during communion at all the Sunday services. Appointments for individual prayer sessions may also be arranged. All prayer requests are confidential.
Once a month we have a regular meeting for prayer for Healing. The Rector leads us in worship, and Dr Frank Sizer, a former Roman Catholic priest and now a practicing psychologist teaches us from the scriptures and leads us in healing prayer. This is on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm and usually meets in Ashton Hall.
Good Samaritan has a chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King for women in the Episcopal Church who are committed to prayer, service, and evangelism. After a period of training, these women take vows as they join the Order. Our Daughters pray faithfully for requests submitted to them.
Every year we offer a Freedom in Christ retreat—3 days of intensive teaching and prayer for those who are struggling with issues in their lives that separate them from God.
If you'd like to ask for a prayer request to be added to the email chain, or to our Sunday prayer; or learn how to serve as a prayer minister or in any of the other prayer ministries in our church, please contact Susan Starke, Parish Nurse. If you would like to submit a confidential prayer request, please click here.