Special Guest Speakers

Rob and Fran Parker are the founders and directors of the National House of Prayer in Ottawa. Following Rob's 73-day Prayer Walk from Calgary to Ottawa, they relocated to the capital in 2004 to establish a ministry that would mobilize prayer for government.

Rob is originally from Victoria, BC and worked as a paramedic in both the Canadian Arctic and the Saharan desert before studying at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland and returning to pastor a church in his home city. Fran was born in Calgary but raised in Cape Breton. She served in the health care field, while working alongside her husband with the Baptist congregation in Vernon, BC. Thousands of Christian believers have come to pray in the halls of government through the ministry of the National House of Prayer.

Rob offers practical insight and important information to equip and encourage Christians to pray for their nation and to respond to current events in prayer.

Prayer Walks

During the week we will be encouraging individuals, couples, families and groups to blanket our town in prayer. We will be formally meeting for group prayer walks on the dates below, but we don't want to restrict your schedule to one time and place. If you can't make it on these dates, information packages will be available during the week. Please pick one up and self-organize a prayer walk of your own with your family, friends, or growth group!

· Tuesday, November 21 @ 6:30pm

· Wednesday, November 22 @ 10:30am

· Thursday, November 23 @ 6:30pm  

FYI: Did you know that OEFC currently has anywhere from 20-30 prayer meetings per week? Amongst other names we call them growth groups and ladies Bible studies. If you meet and pray with others you won't want to miss these opportunities.

Maintaining an Eternal Focus in an Instagram World 9:15 am / 11:00am

Our "instant society" challenges our ability to identify with an eternal God. Most importantly, it alters our prayer life and expectations of God's work in our life and in the church. Rob will show us how grasping God's eternal nature should fill us with wonder, empower us into courageous action, and foster a spirit of patient endurance.

All Church Potluck 12:30pm

Join us for a potluck lunch and meet some new people in our church. Even if you don't stay for the afternoon session, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet others or reconnect with old friends. Please bring a large main dish AND a salad or dessert.

How to Become a House of Prayer 1:30pm

Becoming a church that prays begins with our own personal prayer life, spreads into our home and family life, then moves into our small groups and larger church experience. In this workshop, Rob will share practicalities such as:

 How worship is part of our prayer life
 How the Holy Spirit helps us to pray
 How to use the Word of God to grow us in prayer
 How to go deeper with God in our prayer life

This is a family-focused event. Children are welcome to participate as the end goal is to help families grow in prayer.

When Retreat is Not an Option 6:30pm

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again, my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5

Many are tempted, when seeing the news in the world around us, to bury their head in the sand and hide from reality, or to respond out of condemnation and judgment. Neither are a part of God’s plan for the world. At this workshop full of practical application and real-life stories, Rob will touch on the following attributes to utilize in your personal prayer life:

 Seeing God at work in the world around us
 Learning to pray into what God is doing
 Living with a “for such a time as this” expectancy that God will use us in these troubling times
 Turning despairing daily news into a hope filled prayer list

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