Need prayer? Drive-thru service available in Aurora
By Matt Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org September 19, 2012 4:50PM
Members of Living Stone Church in Aurora gather around and pray for Germaine Arbet of Batavia during a drive-through prayer service in the church's parking lot on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:46PM
AURORA — In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says: come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.
It’s a message that Pastor Phil Moore embraces at Aurora’s Living Stone Christian Church.
But Moore also knows that sometimes life is complicated and busy. Sometimes there’s only a few minutes in the day for reflection. So on Wednesday, Living Stone Christian Church was offering drive-thru prayers.
Residents could drive up to the church at 1391 N. Lake St. and pray with trained church members for a few minutes, without ever getting out of their vehicle. On Wednesday afternoon, members of the congregation held up signs on both sides of busy Route 31, waving people toward the church.
“They’re driving by and something strikes them that they need to come by here,” Moore said. “They figure they can give five or 10 minutes. They find out they want more. It ends up being a kind of relief to be able to have someone stand with you.”
As each driver pulled up, they were greeted by a congregation member who said they were offering prayers that day. The driver was asked to pull into a parking spot. The members then asked the driver if he had any specific needs to be prayed for. That might include family issues, a job or physical issues. Moore said some people don’t immediately have a specific need — they just want comfort.
“We’re not here to bash people for their sins,” he said. “We’re here to let them know the Lord.”
Some motorists stayed for a few minutes and others ended up talking for much longer. Some drivers never got out of their car, while the church members prayed with them through an open window.
This is the second year that Living Stone has done drive-thru prayers, and Moore said he’s seen some dramatic results. After praying, one woman who suffered from severe arthritis could suddenly walk through the parking lot with ease, Moore said. She came back to the drive-thru later with friends.
“They leave changed,” Moore said of the visitors. “They leave different.”
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Living Stone Christian Church again will be offering drive-thru prayers at the church, just east of Provena Mercy Medical Center.