Apparently, not all drive-thru is bad for your health. One church wants to feed your soul by bringing prayer to the drive-thru.
On Saturday members of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling, W. VA. gathered in the church’s parking lot to host what it called drive-thru prayer. Holding signs that read, “Drive Thru Prayer: Come Pick Up Your Blessing!” members of the church invited drivers passing by to stop and receive prayer for whatever they may need.
Whether motivated by intrigue or a particular need, people pulled into the church’s parking lot and rolled down their window for prayer. Senior Pastor, Dr. Darrell Cummings met the drivers by their car windows and asked them what he could pray with them about before petitioning God on their behalf.
The experience left the drivers smiling and only took a few minutes.
This is not the first time Bethlehem has hosted a drive-thru prayer event. They know that prayer can be effective whether inside or outside of the church. In previous drive-thru experiences, they were able to touch lives they would not have been able to if they stayed inside the church.
“We had people on their way to their wedding stop by and we had prayer with them,” Cummings stated. “We’ve had people on motorcycles stop by and we prayed for them. Once we held a drive-through prayer and it just so happened to be the day the President was coming through. He didn’t stop but he drove by and he saw us here with our drive-through prayer.”
In addition to their drive-thru prayers, this West Virginia congregation gives back to their community in other ways. Earlier this month they held a Back-to-School Festival in a local park. The festival followed their 29th annual Adopt-a-Student program, which provides supplies, food, clothes, and free haircuts to students returning to school. Cummings founded both the program and the festival.
If you missed the drive-thru prayer, don’t fret. The church will gather again in their parking lot to pray with the community this Saturday, August 31 from 10 am to noon.