Pastor Steve’s drive-thru prayer initiative is making headlines in the Observer this past week:
Praying on the go will get easier this weekend during Mt. Hope Congregational Church’s “Drive-Thru Prayer” event.
The Livonia church will station its pastor, associate pastor and deacons outdoors along a circular driveway from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24, to pray with motorists who drop by.
“It’s open to people of all backgrounds,” said The Rev. Steve Schafer, pastor. “It’s not a denominational thing. No one is excluded. We’re not trying to push anything. No preaching. No counseling. If people want prayer, we’re here for that. All prayers are confidential.”
No donations will be accepted.
Schafer said he heard a minister reference “drive-thru prayer” several years ago and kept the idea in mind for Mt. Hope, a church with approximately 170 attendees on Sunday morning.
“They tell us in counseling courses that one out of every three people has a crisis going on in their lives. My guess is this will appeal to many of those people who have a crisis and don’t know where to turn for help. Sometimes it’s hard for people to ask for prayer,” Schafer said. “Expressing what is going on inside yourself, expressing it out loud helps. Having someone pray with you and share your concern with God is encouraging.”
Motorists can pray for themselves, others or simply offer thanks and praise at the drive-thru events. They’ll remain in their cars and pray with a Mt. Hope member through their vehicle’s open window.
Mt. Hope Congregational Church is located at 30330 Schoolcraft Road between Middlebelt and Merriman. For more information, visit mthope.com or call 734-425 7280.