During the season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1 this year, we will dedicate ourselves and our programming to prayer – to become more in tune with God, to invite God to more fully change our hearts and lives. Events, Studies and Practice are scheduled for you to participate in as follows:
PRAYER PILGRIMAGE On March 5 a group of children, youth and adults from our church will participate in a very special Prayer Pilgrimage alongside our friends and neighbors in the South Tryon community. We will walk and pray together for one hour in the immediate vicinity of the South Tryon Community United Methodist Church. We now have a fully assembled prayer group from Myers Park, and we ask you to join us in prayer at your own home with your family between 4 and 5 p.m.
DAY APART On Saturday, March 11, Melanie will lead a Day Apart to Belmont Abbey in Gaston County. A small group will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. then leave in a church van to spend the day in prayer, worship and silent meditation. Bring a bag lunch and plan to return to Myers Park UMC by 2:00.
PRAYER CONVERSATION On Monday, March 13 James Howell and Melanie Dobson will have an open conversation on prayer in Jubilee Hall at 7:00 p.m. They will share personal stories of their lives’ journey with prayer. Then they will offer reflections on four kinds of Christian prayer: intercession, thanksgiving, confession and contemplative prayer. Click this link for James and Melanie’s Recommended Reading List from this evening’s conversation.
ONLINE STUDY A virtual small group study of Prayer, Stress and Our Inner Wounds by Flora Slosson will begin March 1. Participants can register and sign in for independent study online and are invited to an orientation on February 22 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-295-4840 for more information.
HOW TO PRAY Melanie offers a Prayer Tool Kit on Mondays, March 20-April 10 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each hour long class will include time of teaching/learning on different types of prayer: intercessory, thanksgiving, confession and contemplative and then an actual practice of that prayer category. More information and online registration for this practical study at www.mpumc.org/small-groups.
PRAY IN FRANCIS CHAPEL
Open Prayer Time
From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. , March 8 – April 5
Chapel will be open for you for Open Prayer time (other than hours listed below*.) Come as you are, stay as long as you like. Prayer practice information will be available for you, or pray as you like.
Guided Prayer Practices
From 11:30 to 12 noon, March 8 – April 5
Centering Prayer practice with Melanie Dobson
*From 6:15 to 6:45 on March 8
Mindful Prayer – Christian Practices of Meditation will be offered by Melanie Dobson with a teaching and practice of Centering Prayer
*From 6:15 to 6:45, March 15 – April 5
Lectio Divina teaching and practice will be offered by Jessica Stevens. Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scripture reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote greater communion with the Living Word.
Our Vision for Faith Formation
Learning takes us on a lifelong path. Our Wesleyan heritage affirms a journey of sanctification, of being made holy, that requires an ongoing dedication to growing. As we study, pray, read and talk, we develop habits that shape us into more loving, Christ-like people. Faith Formation offers a path for continued learning. It sees each program as connected to others, all part of the same goal, from childhood to adulthood. The path, depicted in the new tree logo shared here, offers many possibilities for starting on any branch and “climbing” in any direction. Learn more.