Prayer at Free Christian Church

Free Christian Church has a vision that we would become a house of prayer, where:

  • Prayer is foundational to everything we do.
  • Prayer is seen as experiencing the presence of God and becoming aligned with his will.
  • Where everything we do is birthed in and sustained by prayer.
  • Praying together is seen as a normal and essential part of our corporate life.
  • The prayer team is a small group of people, charged with working towards the fulfilment of this vision and overseeing prayer at FCC. We seek to encourage corporate prayer, in many different formats. We also gather weekly to pray for the church and invite others to join us as they can. This leaflet describes all the different ways you can participate in praying with and for others at FCC. Current Prayer Team members include: Audra Hebert, Roselle Heckendorn, Sharon Murphy, Vik and Candy Marballi, Frank Nigh, Steve Martin and Elaine Porteous.
    The prayer room in the Parish House is a sacred space, free from distractions where you can focus on God and spend time with Him. To ensure availability and that you can get into the building, please reserve a time by emailing

    Plan a Personal Retreat time

    The prayer room is available for you to have your own personal retreat at any time it is not being used by another person or group. There are materials to help guide you: written materials, music, art supplies and even quilts to wrap yourself up in!

    Times for Drop-In Prayer

    People are available at the following times to pray with you, for any need you may have.

    Mondays with Ann: 6:30-7:30pm
    Tuesdays with Roselle: 12-1pm
    Wednesdays with Ann: 9:00-12:00pm
    Thursdays with Roselle: 8:00-9:00am
    Fridays with Ann: 9:00-12:00pm
    Saturdays with Frank: 9:30-10:30am

    Around five Sunday evenings a year, from 6:00-7:30pm, we gather in the rotunda for a special time of praise and worship. Typically, each evening begins with praise, followed by short segments of different forms of prayer interspersed with worship, listening to God, and may include a short talk, highlighting an area for prayer. Childcare is always provided.

    April 25 – Intergenerational Prayer – Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm

    Join with members of Family Night and Senior Link, for a special intergenerational prayer evening, involving speed prayer-dating!

    May 20 – Holy Spirit Evening

    Celebrate Pentecost Sunday, with a special evening of teaching on the Holy Spirit and prayer for the filling with the Holy Spirit, similar to the Saturday evening of the Alpha Retreat.

    Oct 21 – Evening of praise and healing prayer

    Worship led by our new worship leader with an opportunity to receive prayer for healing from the healing prayer team.

    Nov 18 – Thanksgiving and Testimonies

    Share stories of answered prayer and what God has done in your life this year and give thanks in prayer and song.

    Prayer Week: September 9-16

    Kick off the new church and school year with a week of prayer and fasting and meditation on scripture. Many ways to participate, depending on your interest and availability.


    Praying for others and being prayed for connects us with them deeply and helps us experience the reality of the being part of the body of Christ. If you need prayer, here are some of the ways you can receive prayer. If you would like to join one of these groups or want more information, please email


    Anything shared with a prayer partner will be kept confidential, unless you give permission to share the need with others.

    Prayer Partners

    Prayer partners are available to pray with you at the front of the church after the service on Sundays. You can also pray with others at certain times during the week in the Prayer Room.

    Prayer requests

    Submit prayer requests through the “Hello Cards” on Sunday mornings or email Ann Westphal at or call the church office 978 475 0700 and your prayer request will be shared with the Prayer Team and the FCC email prayer chain, but kept confidential within those groups.

    Healing Prayer

    Anyone who is very sick or in some critical need, can call the church office or email to request a visit by 2 or 3 Elders or the Healing Prayer Team. Healing prayer is available from either the elders or the Healing Prayer Team for physical, or relational or spiritual ills and is based on our faith that it is God who heals but he invites us to pray and anoint with oil, see James 5:14-15.

    Prayer Shawls

    A group of people knit and pray and make beautiful shawls that are given to the sick. If you would like to join this group or give a shawl to someone who needs one, contact Laurie Lawliss at

    Extended prayer sessions, of around 90 minutes, provide an opportunity for in-depth prayer for healing of any kind. This can be helpful when other approaches don’t seem to be making a difference. The focus of these sessions is to help the person receiving prayer come into Jesus’ presence and receive the healing He wants to give them. The prayer team’s role is not so much to speak their prayers over the person but rather to help that person come to Jesus and hear for themselves what He is saying to them about their condition. The prayer team then can help the person take appropriate action, for example replacing lies with truth or forgiving someone or confessing sin and receiving forgiveness. This form of prayer is not to be viewed as better than other ways but it is different from approaches people may have used in the past and some training is needed.

    How do I request an extended prayer session?

    Simply email with a brief description of what you want prayer for and when you are available. The Healing Prayer Team coordinator will then contact you to suggest a time to meet at the Parish House.


    The Prayer Room is also available for groups to meet and pray on a regular basis. If you would like to start a group, simply email, to find out what times might be available for a regular prayer group to meet. Currently the following groups meet once a month and are open to anyone – coming once does not commit you to coming every time.

    Prayer for FCC in the Prayer Room

    Every Sunday from 9:00-10:00am

    Every Thursday from 8:00-9:00am

    Members of the Prayer Team lead prayer for the church, its people, Sunday services, mission and ministries. These prayer times are open to anyone who wants to pray for the church.

    Setting the Captives Free

    Meeting on the third Sunday of the month from 9:00-10:am, this group seeks to support those who have loved ones who are struggling with addiction, through prayer and sharing.

    Prayer for our Mission Partners

    Meeting on the fourth Sunday of the month from 9:00-10:am, this group seeks to pray for our Mission Partners in this country and around the world and our mission as a church locally in the Merrimack Valley.

    Other prayer initiatives

    If you would like to start a prayer group or have ideas for strengthening prayer at Free Christian Church, please contact Roselle Heckendorn at

    For More Information

    Roselle Heckendorn
    Prayer and Outreach Minister
     978.475.9500 ext 105

    Prayer Week 2017