I’ve got something exciting to share with you….
But before I tell you about it – let me start with a story from my work. Early in March, when the world changed – the Foundation where I worked went virtual. Like many other places our teams started working from home, and connecting via video conferencing and online tools (strange to think at the start of March I’d never heard of Zoom!)
It worked surprisingly well and the day to day work continued. But we noticed that we were really only seeing those colleagues we directly worked with. That social element of bumping into someone in the kitchen or when walking to the printer was missing. And it’s so easy to get disconnected from the big mission of the organization when all you see is your small part. So we set up three Virtual Coffee Hours through the week. These were scheduled Zoom meetings in everyone’s calendar, which were purely for socialising. Taking a break from the work of the day to just chat to whoever else was there. It’s completely voluntary whether you join or not, and you can stay for 5 minutes or the full hour. And it was awesome – chatting to people I literally hadn’t seen for 6 weeks or more!
It got me thinking – church has suffered the same thing. I see my LifeGroup regularly, and certain people that I connect with. But I miss Sunday mornings, chatting with whoever is there at church, so many faces of people I love that I just haven’t seen for too long!
Which brings me to my exciting news – we’re launching something similar too. A Virtual Gathering, facilitated via Zoom, where you’re not coming for a meeting or ’to get something done’, but to connect with whoever else is free.
But there’s more…
Connecting over coffee (or tea!) is great. But we have something more special and unique to our relationships – we are united in Christ. And I’m sure you’ll agree with me that, where you’ve prayed together with someone, your connection and friendship takes on a new dimension.
What’s better than hanging out and chatting? What about hanging out, chatting – and praying together?!
Introducing – the Trinity Central Virtual Prayer Room. Every day the Virtual Prayer Room (or VPR) will be open at a different time of day. It might be early morning, late night, or sometimes right after lunch! We’re hoping that at least once a week it’ll be a perfect time for you to drop in and pray together with whoever else is free at that time. Don’t worry – there will always be someone there, so you won’t turn up to an empty prayer room.
You can pray about whatever is on your heart – whether for Vancouver, for revival, for our city authorities, or for our elders, our church, our children. You can share your own needs and pray for God to break in on your life, or for your friends and family. It’s up to you! But I am expectant that as we pray together, we will begin to experience mighty works from God and have testimonies to share of His faithfulness. And at the same time we’ll regain some of that connection across the church with people we don’t get to see so often in this current season.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray with faith and expectation. Let’s start exercising both our faith and our expectation muscles as we press in for all that God has for our lives, for Trinity Central and for Vancouver!
““Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24
by Milly Jones
The Virtual Prayer Rooms are open at these times:-
Mondays @ 7:30pm – hosted by Lindsay
Wednesdays @ 1:20pm – hosted by Milly
Thursdays @ 9:30pm hosted by Kelly
Fridays @ 7:30am hosted by Zac
Saturdays @10:30pm hosted by Zac
Sundays @ 9:00am hosted by various