As the coronavirus global pandemic hit New York City in mid-March, the “plans” for Hell’s Kitchen Community Church became a bit uncertain. What wasn’t uncertain, though, was the dire and desperate need to rely on the Holy Spirit through prayer.
So, we launched an online presence in the form of a weekly prayer call that continues to seek to mobilize people to pray for the neighborhood as well as this church. Beyond any one church, though, this prayerful community remains one for all who have a heart for Hell’s Kitchen and who want to join friends and neighbors in fearless prayers for our community.
Weekly Prayer Call
Saturdays @ 2:00-2:30PM (ET)
This is a virtual prayer gathering, which means there will likely be a few digital hiccups, some time delay, and unmuted participants. It’s okay! Show grace and be kind. There is no real agenda with the gathering; we simply gather together to pray for Hell’s Kitchen. You can join whenever you’re available and you can leave whenever you need. And please, invite your friends! All are welcome.
Please note: This meeting requires a password; if you’d like to join, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting Link (video and audio): https://bit.ly/hkccprayer
Our prayer gathering happens via Zoom. Sign-up for a free account here.
We are excited to join you and invite you to, as Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
As Pastor John Onwuchekwa writes in his book, Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church:
When prayer is sparse and sporadic, when it’s done just enough to ease the conscience and not much more, we’ve got a problem.
Where prayer is present, it’s saying something—it’s speaking, shouting. It teaches the church that we really need the Lord. Where prayer is absent, it reinforces the assumption that we’re okay without him. Infrequent prayer teaches a church that God is needed only in special situations—under certain circumstances but not all. It teaches a church that God’s help is intermittently necessary, not consistently so. It leads a church to believe that there are plenty of things we can do without God’s help, and we need to bother him only when we run into especially difficult situations.
Prayer is oxygen for the Christian. It sustains us. So it follows that prayer must be a source of life for any community of Christians. It is to the church what it is to individuals—breathing.
How can you join us in praying for Hell’s Kitchen and HKCC?
- Join the weekly Hell’s Kitchen virtual prayer gathering
- Join us at Coram Deo’s Prayer Room
- The Prayer Room is meeting online during this time. Join at 7am, 8am and noon on Zoom as we continue to pray through scripture and intercede for areas of influence in our city and world.
- Details on the virtual prayer room are here.
- Regularly pray through this guide, and share your own prayer requests
- Get more involved with Hell’s Kitchen Community Church (send an email to email@example.com)
The prayerful foundation of Hell’s Kitchen Community Church is deeply inspired by the faithful work of many, including pray.nyc and LEAD.NYC. While pray.nyc is a movement of prayer for spiritual awakening throughout New York City, it holds a special place in Hell’s Kitchen thanks to its Prayer Room located at Coram Deo on 45th Street. LEAD.NYC is part of Movement.org and is focused on training and equipping NYC-area pastors and ministry leaders, and also hosts monthly prayer gatherings.