In the Prayer Room we can face unique challenges concerning social etiquette. Personal and corporate expectations of behaviour collide as differing cultures, backgrounds, social expectations, and standards of hygiene converge in one small room. This is all part of learning to love one another!
1 Corinthians 10:31 "...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"“
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 "'Everything is permissible' – but not everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissible' – but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others."
For the good of others, we govern our small room under the principle of love.
Our Christian freedom is exercised in restraint so that the good of others may prevail. We have reduced the level of personal freedom in our midst so that we can, in love, enjoy the Prayer Room.
1. USE OF MOUTH
a) Please limit quiet conversations in the prayer room to 30 seconds or less. If you find yourself talking longer, please exit to the reception area lounges.
b) Personal vocal volume should not exceed the group volume. If you pray on the microphone, please do not shout your prayer.
c) Please put your phone on silent before you enter the room. If it is important that you receive your calls, place your phone on vibrate, and return the call in the reception area or outside the building.
2. USE OF HANDS
a) When you pray for someone always ask if it is OK to place your hand on them before doing so. If they give permission, limit the placement of your hand to the shoulder and arms, in a stationary manner (no rubbing).
b) Please do not use any implements or props in worship such as flags, banners, sticks, swords or musical instruments (i.e. tambourines, shofars).
c) When making a drink in the kitchen, please do so without interrupting the atmosphere in the prayer room.
3. USE OF FEET
a) For safety and hygiene reasons, we recommend that people wear footwear in the Prayer Room. Socks are OK.
4. USE OF SPACE
a) Please do not place backpacks or bags of any kind on the floor in ‘traffic’ areas (i.e. entry or exit points to the kitchen, toilets or Prayer Room) or under the prayer board. Unattended bags that are considered hazards may be moved to the reception area for owners to collect.
b) If we have a crowded Prayer Room, limit your personal space to allow space for other people.
c) If you leave for an extended period of time, please take your belongings with you so others may use the space.
d) Please do not leave your food, beverages, or belongings in the reception area.