Greater Ontario House of Prayer
We cultivate prayer.
Established in 2001, the Greater Ontario House of Prayer (GOHOP) helps people pray, helps churches pray, and helps churches pray together.
We cultivate leaders.
Through mentoring, internships, group and individual spiritual direction, we are committed to developing leaders characterized by the presence, the personality and the purposes of Jesus.
We cultivate connections.
We are better and do better together. God is building a house of friends.
We are a cooperative of friends from churches across the city. Together we are exploring the ancient monastic proctices of prayer, learning, creativity, mission, justice, and hospitality.
Rev. Jill Weber.
Abbess, Visionary, Structural Engineer, Minister of Schmooze and Propaganda, Mucky-Muck.
Irrev. Kirk Weber.
Cpn. Nightwatch, drummer, ingenious and quirky webmaster.
Pastor Abraham Madrandele.
Revivalist, Mentor, Wise Mzee.
Andy Groen, M.Div.
Director of Spiritual Formation, Worship Leader, Bridge-builder; turns every surface into a drum set.
Prayer Leader, Prayer-a-trooper, Administrator, Duck Wrangler.
Shira Gamey, M.T.S.
Prayer Room and Prayer Truck Manager, Worship Leader, '60's hippie dancer.
Matt Lowe, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Lectio House, Writer, Ninja Bread Cookie Baker.
Karen Lowe, M.Div.
Co-Director of Lectio House, Pastor at Little Bethel Community Church, secret fan of the Hulk.
(Well, not so secret now. Shh.)
Naomi Kennedy, S.D.
Project Manager, Guardian of the Galaxy, Jill's Coadjutor.
Rev. Peter Giokas, M.TS., M.Div.
Internship Director, Pilgrimage Guide, Bibliophile, Grand Punmaster.
A spiritual director is a spiritual companion that ‘walks with’ you and helps you discern God’s work in your life, process ongoing spiritual struggles, expand your prayer language, practice spiritual disciplines and sometimes receive healing. We believe in this ancient tradition so much that we require all GOHOP staff and interns meet with a spiritual director.
We believe anyone in relationship with Jesus can and does hear God’s voice, and we help people identify ways they already hear Him speak. We want to see every individual, small group, and congregation equipped to hear God’s voice. We meet bi-weekly, and we also visit churches and small groups.
MOVING MOUNTAINS PRAYER GROUP
A prayer and discipleship group for young (and young at heart) believers. Expect worship, a brief teaching and lots of faith-filled prayer. This is a great group for emerging leaders.
Lectio House is a centre for Christian spiritual direction and retreat, in east Hamilton. We offer office space for spiritual direction meetings; an in-house library of missional, pastoral, and theological books; day/overnight retreats for individuals, and small-group teaching sessions on spiritual formation and other topics.
STUIDES IN NEW MONASTICISM
A ten month, part-time internship for those commited to deepening their practices of prayer, mission, justice, ecumenism, intentional community and radical hospitality, Elements include lectures from guest practicioners, book-studies, practical experiences and online reflections.
For details, please make a request using the Contact form.
Soul sisters is designed to strengthen the souls of women in leadership. Interdenominational and intergenerational, Soul Sisters meet monthly for group spiritual direction facilitated by Jill Weber.
MOVING MOUNTAINS PRAYER GROUP
STUDIES IN NEW MONASTICISM
PLACES TO PRAY IN HAMILTON
True City 2016 - TBD
Prayer Truck --July.4 to July 27
More Prayer Locations
PLACES TO PRAY IN HAMILTON
"Spaghetti Tuesday" is a weekly event that's been happening every Tuesday for YEARS! 6:00 PM, no R.S.V.P. required. Just show up. Bring a friend. Contact us for details.
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Join us at 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoons at "The Meeting Place", a small and unique church that meets at 541 Eatery & Exchange (541 Barton St. E.) Meals follow right after the service.
Join us at the GOHOP Annual General Party (AGP). There's always yummy stuff to be found.
Sharing munchies at the AGP.
Spaghetti Tuesday. All ages are welcome!
We have our own secret recipe, vegan-friendly sauce, plus two kinds of spaghetti (regular and gluten-free).
Feel free to bring desserts and alcohol-free drinks.
It happens every week, even when the hosts are away! (There are back-up hosts.)
(The only exceptions are when Tuesdays fall on Christmas or New Year's.)
Daisy-eating will not be tolerated.
A new Christmas season tradition: "Spaghetti Tuesday - Elf Edition". Spaghetti with your own Elf toppings, plus Elf movie and belching contest!
Elf toppings! Surprisingly good!
If you're an Elf topping wuss, our proprietary, homemade sauce is available too.
We usually crash the annual "Love Feast" hosted by Eucharist church.
After two weeks of 24/7 prayer in February, we have our potluck "love feast".
Yup, these crazy young people are friends of ours.
Our friends at Mission Services don't get to "eat fancy" too often. GOHOPPERS were happy to bake some special treats.
Serving hot dogs on the final evening of Prayer Truck.
Dig that graffiti! (We didn't do it.)
THE IMPORTANCE OF
Years ago we shifted focus from trying to populate prayer meetings to cultivating spiritual family that prays a lot. How do we foster family? The same way Jesus did--around a family table!
See slideshow for places to connect, and Contact Us for details.
A church sanctuary transformed into this beautiful prayer room for 14 days of 24 hours of prayer and woship.
True City, 2015.
True City prayer event, 2015. Almost done!
Every True City prayer event has instruments for worship and prayer, plus a very long stretch of canvas on which you can write or draw your prayer.
Artistic depictions of actual homes and businesses in Hamilton. We colour them in as we pray for our neighbourhoods.
They're like five foot high colouring books!
Ready to go!
True City prayer room, 2015.
Someone copied the lyrics of secular songs and interpreted them as prayer.
Origami starlings depicting Creation on James Street.
Painting team at home in our main prayer room--the basement of 541 Eatery & Exchange.
Encouraging aspiring young artists.
Friends at the Prayer Truck.
Many prayer events have yards and yards of canvas taped to the floor.
Write or draw your payers!
Educating people how to pray for young people.
Prayers for young people.
Praying for people with various challenges.
Post-it note prayer!
Well well. Isn't that creative?
Meeting Jesus at the well.
Ambience is very important to some people.
Listening together for God's voice.
Focused prayer for shut-ins.
How often do you get to write on the floor!?
Prayer aids plus prayers of agreement.
Once upon a time, our main prayer room was in this little house in Waterdown.
The house has been replaced by a very cool youth centre.
Praying blessings upon a friend returning to his home in Africa.
A beautiful prayer someone wrote on the wall inside the PRAYER TRUCK.
The truck was lined with paper so that people could write, draw, post or collage their prayers.
A beautifully decorated place to meditate at the True City 24/14 prayer event. At "The Vine", 2014.
Artists have a way of creating beautiful, tranquil places to pray and meditate.
Our loving "541" family blesses a friend.
Giant snowflakes in the True City prayer room, 2015.
Ironically, it actually snowed real snow that year.
Writing, drawing, painting and collaging have already begun.
Early in Prayer Truck season, 2015.
Group prayer during a shift at True City 2014.
Sometimes, you just have to break for food.
Using arts and creativity to pray is very important to us. We would go so far as saying there is a revival of the arts in worship and prayer.
Prayer and worship at Prayer Truck 2014.
Prep team at the very first Prayer Truck.
Well, this is random.
Prayer and worship at Prayer Truck.
"Takin' it to the streets." Prayer and worship at Prayer Truck 2015.
Commissioning the Prayer Truck, 2015.
Laying hands on the Prayer Truck, 2015.
Entusiastic young prayer peeps at Moving Mountains Prayer Group.
Worship, teaching, prayer.
Check out those houses! Ingenious prayer tools, 2015.
Webmaster just couldn't get over how cool this free-standing art was (so there might be a lot of pictures of them.)
Colouring houses while praying for folks in our city.
Prayer room prep.
It's possible this little guy may have been at more prayer meetings than you!
GOHOP's main prayer room for a couple of years, and the site of several 24/14 prayer sessions.
Someone copied song lyrics onto the canvas as prayer.
Mailbox on a wonderfully crafted 5 or 6 ft high house at True City/GOHOP prayer room, 2015.
If you get to know us, this won't seem so random.
The yearly location of our famous Prayer Truck. Cool, hunh?
More art as prayer and worship.
Part of a series done by one of our creative young artist buddies.
A little bit of early morning worship-song writing at the Prayer Truck.
OUR FIRST YEAR PRAYER TRUCK!!
Decorating team pauses to record the moment.
Gotta love the glam against the grunge background.
Worship at the prayer truck, of course!
Praying with art at Prayer Truck.
Prayer Truck + art = prayer + worship.
Most of the essentials are in place.
Prayer Truck 2015.
Learning how to pray for sex-trade issues.
Shown, map of sources, routes and destinations.
From a prayer booth for Living Rock Ministries.
Prayer Truck at night.
Prayer Truck wallpaper is starting to fill up.
Making room for the Truck.
PRAYER TRUCK before decorating.
Prayer and worship at the "Rock".
Praying for young people in Hamilton.
Stocking the Prayer Truck fridge for the next day of giving away water.
We love to pray and worship!
We offer opportunities to pray and worship.
We connect with other groups that pray and worship.
We create events centred around prayer and worship.
We teach individuals and groups new ways of praying and worshipping, particularly with the use of music, dance, poetry and visual art.
We run the GOHOP prayer room 40 hrs per week and are aiming toward 24/7 prayer and worship!
Lovin' a friend by praying a blessing on him.
So many wonderful friendships are forged through GOHOP-related activities.
House of Prayer leaders from Toronto, Durham and North Bay.
Prayer Truck buddies!
Enjoying a visit from Andy Freeman, co-author of Punk Monk
True City, GOHOP and friends on their way to teach pastors in Africa.
Ugandan and Congolese friends celebrating their graduation.
Hangin' with a real live monk!
Many GOHOPPERS actively provide help in the community.
Celebrating extraordinary women in our our city.
Cross Culture students on a semi-annual visit to learn about prayer help create new prayer stations.
"Sorry I ruined your life. Here's a parrot toy."
Taking a visitor on a field trip to Niagara Falls.
Happy colleagues enjoying "Red Moon Rising".
Enjoying a pilgrimage to Ireland together.
Enjoying pilgrimages and nature walks together.
A loving welcome from one of the Northumberland locals.
Our new friend, Phil Anderson, Moravian historian and author of "The Lord of the Ring".
Some of us are "urban monks"--"Monks in the 'hood" as proudly worn on the the backs of our brown hoodies
We are so blessed to be friends with staff and young people at "The Rock".
We love the Trinity.
We love the Word.
We love the Body.
We love each other.
We love our neighbours.
We love the poor
Want to help?
(Of course you do!)
Share your time and talent at prayer and worship events throughout the year.
Help prepare meals or wash dishes at Meeting Place Services.
Donate cooking and baking.
Prayer Truck costs $1,500 per year. Your donations help get the truck on the road.
We hand out 1,200 free bottles of water at the Prayer Truck each year. Your donations of water help us love and serve this vulnerable neighbourhood.
Donating stuff is awesome, but sometimes we need helping hands too.
"Freezee Fridays" at the prayer truck. Free Freezees for passersby.
Giving away hot dogs on the last day of Prayer Truck.
There's a street party at the end of each season!
A perfect opportunity to invest in extraordinary female leadership in the city. For more information go to www.phoebepalmerbreakfast.com.
We keep operational expenses as simple and small as possible. Still, there are bills to pay, urban missionaries to support, and events to sponsor.
GIVING IS EASY!
By cheque: You can make cheques payable to GOHOP and mail them to Box 57022, Jackson Square, Hamilton, ON L8P 4W9.
Online: You can donate online via Canada Helps.
541 Eatery & Exchange
GOHOP's prayer room is located in the basement of this wonderful cafe.
541 is an eatery that offers homemade meals and baked goods in the heart of Hamilton. They are committed to providing food that is affordable, nutritious and family-friendly.
They are a place of exchange; where ideas are shared and where people can engage with one another. They use their space and the proceeds from food sales to facilitate educational community initiatives such as a homework club, a youth employment program and other skills training opportunities.
24-7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice working in more than half the nations on earth. They help millions of people in thousands of locations to encounter God and engage with the needs of the world.
Their aim is to revive the church and re-wire the culture through prayer rooms and "Boiler Rooms".
GOHOP is one the Canadian Boiler Rooms.
Since 1985. Living Rock offers youth-at-risk a place of belonging, a place of safety and a bridge to the community, while supporting youth to develop a personal vision for their lives. Their vision is to engage, encourage and equip youth. GOHOP has been partnered with the Rock since 2005. We are there every Wednesday afternoon supporting youth and staff through prayer, and during the summer, this is the location of our famous month-long Prayer Truck.
614 is our sister community located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the poorest postal code in Canada. They play, work and garden, raise families and live out a regular pattern of life in this neighbourhood.
614 runs cell groups in apartments, slum hotels, homeless shelters and local parks. They invite their friends and neighbours to come to learn and worship with them. Most importantly, they pray. For the 614 community, prayer is not separate from living, playing, working, teaching or fighting. It is present in all these things.
True City Hamilton
True City is a movement of congregations in Hamilton, ON. They work simultaneously to pursue mission at a congregational level, at a collaborative church-in-the-city level, and as God's people scattered across all sectors of Hamilton. They work together for the good of the city.
Since 2004, GOHOP has partnered with True City helping them pray together for the good of the city, resourcing the local churches in prayer, and developing leaders.
CANADIAN HOUSES OF PRAYER.
We have many friends in the House of Prayer movement across Canada. There are over 35 expressions of communities that are championing prayer, mission and justice in extravagant ways, and helping resource and mobilize the local church in prayer. Here's a directory of a bunch of them!