The Altar meets at 5 p.m. every Saturday in Seabrook Hall and emphasizes the transforming grace of Jesus, offering healing prayers with anointing oil following the instructions given in James 5:16 to those sick or in trouble. On average, 100 worshippers attend each week, and you are invited to join them weekly or on occasion as special healing prayers are needed. “We want our members and guests to know about The Altar. If you have questions about healing prayer, please reach out to me,” said Rev. Chris Carter who leads the service.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, The Altar will welcome members of Holy Fountain Outreach for a joint service. The relationship with this African-American congregation from South Memphis is a vision of the Messengers Sunday school class. A few years ago, some members of their class had an adult son struggling with addiction who received help from Holy Fountain, a congregation that worships in a converted crack house. “The pastors and people of Holy Fountain minister to struggling addicts in full confidence of God’s delivering and healing power,” Chris said. “This son was set free and fully restored by God’s grace and the love of this congregation.”

Since then, the Messengers class has often joined Holy Fountain in their house of worship, and for four years they have joined us. “The partnership is a reminder that no church is an island,” Chris said. “Together we are called to serve beyond all barriers to bring the healing message of Jesus Christ to our broken world.” 

>>The joint worship service on January 26 includes testimonies, a short message, a time of worship with both congregations sharing in leadership and a time of prayer. A potluck supper follows so bring a favorite dish or dessert. 

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