Besides its regular Sunday worship, Hope Central Church occasionally holds
other types of worship, either on Sunday nights or on weeknights. Everyone is
welcome to these special services. Some of the different forms they have taken
over the years are listed below. To find out what's planned for the future,
visit our Calendar.
Occasionally we have prayer services in the style of the community of Taizé, France,
a diverse monastic community in France where simplicity and kind-heartedness are
lived out as essential Gospel realities. Taizé services offer an experience of the
beauty of God through the simplicity of chanted song, scripture, and silence.
Combining elements of contemplative prayer, Taizé, and other worship arts,
we gather in silence, scripture, and song laying out burdens and joys before God.
The service always allows us to come together and hold one another, our communities,
and the world.
A service centered around walking a labyrinth, a geometric
pattern with a well-defined pathway winding its way to the center and back out again.
Labyrinths have a lengthy history in Christianity and other cultures. The labyrinth
we have at Hope Central Church is modelled off the stone labyrinth in the great
cathedral of Chartres, France, which has been walked since the 1200's! A labyrinth
can be a tool to provide calm, guide healing, deepen self knowledge, empower creativity.
It helps people to see their lives as a path or a pilgrimage.