Christ UMC makes prayer beads for General Conference



Christ United Methodist Church in Warner Robins was asked to make prayer beads for the 2016 General Conference session, which will be held May 10 through May 20 in Portland, Ore. Members of the congregation made more than 60 strands of beads that will be given to the General Conference delegates. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to share this new (ancient) prayer tool on a large scale and in a way that, hopefully, invites them to experience God’s presence in new ways,” said Elisa Reece Director of Christian Education and Children Ministries at Christ UMC.

One of the ways the church worked on spiritual formation was through a focus on prayer. That focus led them to a small group study called “A Bead and a Prayer” by Kristen E. Vincent. A study on Protestant prayer beads introduced as a tool to assist in prayer, the class soon realized that their lives are busy and somewhat noisy. The prayer beads helped them to focus, concentrate, and meditate on God’s Word in a deeper way. 

“Christ UMC’s mission is to grow ALL in knowing, loving, and serving Jesus Christ,” Reece said. “This was a beautiful experience that will be a constant remembrance of connecting with God during our daily lives.”