Prayer & Soul Care
Join us on the first consecutive Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 PM as we gather as a congregation for three nights of prayer and worship. Art supplies are available for kids in the sanctuary during the prayer time. All are welcome!
Next Prayer Nights: Sunday, September 1 only because of the Labor Day weekend.
Write a prayer request on the back of the Connection Card that you find on your seat in the sanctuary. Place the card in one of the drop boxes at the back of the sanctuary or in the lobby. Your prayer will be shared with a team of prayer intercessors who are committed to pray during week. Our ministry staff also prays for these requests.
If you would like someone to pray with or for you, individuals from our prayer team will be available in the front of the sanctuary following each Sunday morning service. The Prayer Room may also be available at these times. It is located across from the chapel on the main level in the south hallway. Look for the sign-in sheets to see what times are available. You may also schedule a time during the week.
During the Week
Lectio Divina on Tuesdays | Join us from 6:45 to 7:45 AM in the chapel. This Christian discipline combines Scripture reading, silence and prayer. Please enter through the prayer room door. For more information contact Cindy Meyer at .
Midweek Connect with God on Wednesdays at noon | Join us for an informal, flexible gathering in the Prayer Room. Drop in to meet with others and put yourself in a place where you can listen to God. We'll introduce different ways of opening up to the presence of God by practicing different forms of contemplative prayer that will help us be more intentional with God.
Hillcrest’s Prayer Shawl Group on Wednesdays | Join us from 9:30 to 11 AM in room 203. We knit or crochet prayer shawls to give away to those who are hurting or may need a tangible expression of God’s love. Each prayer shawl is prayed over by this group before it is given away. Contact for more information.
Safe Place Prayer by Appointment | You are invited to make an appointment for a personal and private time of prayer. You'll meet with two or three prayer ministers who will assist you in encountering God for physical, emotional and/or relational healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sessions are available on Tuesdays 9:00 to 10:30 AM in the Prayer Room. To request an appointment, click here: https://tinyurl.com/SafePlacePrayer.
Prayer Room is available 24/7 | Our Prayer Room is a quiet and comfortable space for individuals or small groups. You can reserve your time in the notebook outside the Prayer Room during normal office hours (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) or by the exterior prayer entrance after hours. Email Jan Carlson at for a code. Click here for suggestions on how to use the prayer room.
Next Visio Divina: tbd | Join us from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak in Kansas City, MO) (New dates will be posted as they become available.)
Visio Divina is the spiritual discipline of Godly gazing, or seeing God through the creative process of art. This discipline is similar to Lectio Divina, but it is done through listening for the voice of God using our eyes. We'll gather just outside the museum gift shop before the practice begins for brief instructions and a printed guide. Please bring a pencil (the museum does not allow pens in the galleries) and clipboard, if you have one. RSVP to Cindy Meyer at if you plan to attend so she can have enough practice guides for everyone.
At the end of the time, we'll meet back where we started and you are free to leave or join us for an optional meet up at a local restaurant.
A Christian spiritual director is a trained listener who will accompany you as you share about your spiritual journey, helping you to notice God’s presence and activity along the way, as well as your personal reactions and responses. Hospitable, confidential, and grounded in biblical truth, spiritual direction is a ministry that helps you grow in prayer and live into your calling as a follower of Christ.
At Hillcrest we have men and women who are trained, certified, and vetted Spiritual Directors who are available to meet with you. The time together usually lasts about an hour and people meet with their spiritual directors every two to three weeks for five to six times. Hillcrest Spiritual Directors are Dori Brown, Mel Bockelman, Cindy Meyer and Gail Williams. Click here to request an initial meeting with a Spiritual Director.