CARE AND PRAYER
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” John 14:15-17
The Holy Spirit has often been described as the Spirit of God, of Love, that human beings make manifest among one another. In this spirit, the Caring Circle relies deeply on the Holy Spirit as we seek to offer support to members, friends, and those in our wider community who are in need.
The Prayer Group has been meeting for many years and we offer daily prayers for those on our list. Whether illness or injury, family or global concerns, we know that prayer is a potent expression of our Service to God and Community.
This ministry was started in 1998 by two women who attended a Women's Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary. In 2004, women at First Church started a similar ministry, which combines care and a love of knitting. Many blessings and prayers are knitted into each shawl. Then the shawl is presented to someone in need of comfort, solace or peace. Or, the shawl can be given to honor a joyful event, such as the birth of a child. Please get in touch if you know of someone for whom a shawl could be made.
Originally constructed in 2005, the Labyrinth was cleaned up and refurbished in 2015. This community treasure, located off Blackberry La. behind the church, is open to all who wish to engage the ancient spiritual practice of walking the meandering path in meditation.
Labyrinths have long been recognized as tools for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation, as they evoke metaphor, sacred geometry, spiritual pilgrimage, religious practice, mindfulness, environmental art, and community building.