For those of you who have traveled broadly, you may have discovered churches that are open each day for silent prayer and meditation. This was also true for the church down through the ages. The sanctuary was a place away from the bustle and noise of home and market – and a time to simply “be” with God.
While it was not practical to leave our doors open all the time in our urban setting, we wanted to provide that sacred space to all for silent prayer and meditation. The Door Is Open emerged, and we now have portions of two days that have been set apart for this purpose: two hours on Monday evening and two hours on Wednesday morning. During those times, a sign is placed outside the church indicating that The Door Is Open for Prayer. A member of our team is present in case someone has questions or needs to talk. We occasionally make prayers, quotes, or portions of scripture available for individual use—but the main intent is to provide a quiet place for prayer and meditation. Numbers have been small; but interestingly enough, most have been individuals from the community rather than members of our church. We will continue to explore ways to enhance The Door Is Open experience, and we welcome your suggestions.
Submitted by: Ingrid Kenron, North Park Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois