WHAT ARE PRAYER PARTNERS?
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
We have almost a hundred children in our current database and we want to make sure every child is being prayed for by name regularly. This ministry is to help enrich the prayer lives of our adults while surrounding our youngest worshippers with love and support from our congregation. Several adults have already signed up to be a Prayer Partner, and we would love to have more. This invitation is open to all, including those who may not be able to physically be present every Sunday morning at Ascension. This is a beautiful way to have a huge impact on the faith life of a child, as they will be reminded that they are being prayed for by their church family. Please consider being a partner in this ministry. Please click on this link to sign-up HERE, or return a card with your name, located in the Narthex through Sept. 29th. You will receive the name and age of your prayer partner in mid-October.
HOW WILL WE COMMUNICATE?
There is no expectation for prayer partners to meet face to face on a regular basis other than once a year when we have a Prayer Partner breakfast (the first Sunday of May), where partners will sit together and fellowship. A few times a year, you may choose to participate in a writing activity to share your faith with your prayer partner---things like your first memory of church or why church/faith is important to you. These faith-sharing activities will be announced throughout the year.
DO I HAVE TO PRAY EVERY DAY?
Ideally yes, but not necessarily. It is really just including the children whenever you pray. Some will pray daily, but others may make this a weekly or more occasional discipline. Much more important than the frequency of prayer is the connection we provide with our youngest members.
IS THIS SIMILAR TO BEING A MENTOR?
In the sense that it connects a caring adult to a young person, yes. However, we see Prayer Partners as distinctly different than mentoring, because the emphasis is on prayer rather than direct relationship building. Prayer Partners will not spend one-on-one time together away from the church.
DO I NEED TO CONTACT MY PRAYER BUDDY?
No. You are not expected to contact your prayer buddy. Your prayers for the child/teen are the only thing that is requested. If you do want to reach out to your prayer partner, please do so through their parent or guardian.
WILL I HEAR FROM MY PRAYER BUDDY?
We will be praying for our adult prayer partners during faith formation prayer times, and encouraging your partner to be praying for you at home as well!
WHAT HELP WILL I HAVE ALONG THE WAY? HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO PRAY FOR?
We realize that intentionally praying for another person can feel like an intimidating task, but eloquent words are not required. We will send a list of “helpful hints” when we share the name of your prayer buddy (or buddies), but please know that the best way to pray for someone is with simple, straight-forward expressions of our hopes. Often, the longing of our hearts convey more than our words ever could – and that too is prayer!
· A simple way to begin is just addressing God, “Dear God, God of mercy, Healing God,” And then mention the person by name, “I offer this prayer for my prayer partner Mary…” And then add whatever you would like, “watch over them at school, help them in their relationships with friends, etc”
· Your prayer doesn’t have to be lengthy or complicated. Prayers are about thoughts and feelings that go with them just as much as they are about the actual words.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
We will have a celebration of all prayer partners on May 3rd to thank our Prayer Partners. You will be invited to sit together and share some time together that morning. Prayer partners may also be asked to help light the Advent wreath or bring the offering up during the Eucharist as well on occasion.