Silver Spring, Maryland: Prayer Stop - Tiny Church

A welcome rest stop for those with an urgent need to pray. Looks like a children's play house, with a couple of lawn chairs outside.

Immanuel's Church

16811 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD
I-95 exit 33B. Drive west on Hwy 198/Sandy Spring Rd for six miles. Turn right onto Hwy 650/New Hampshire Ave. and drive for almost a mile. On the right, opposite the Hampshire Greens Golf Course, just south of Immanuel's Church.
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Inside the Prayer Stop.

Prayer Stop - Tiny Church

Stopped by for the novelty and it was open! I can confirm that this tiny church is indeed tiny.

[Danny, 06/17/2019]

And inside -- all the comforts.

Prayer Stop.

Prayer Stop - Tiny Church

The Prayer Stop was locked when I stopped by, but there were some nice chairs outside for relaxing in. There is also a slot for prayer requests...can't hurt?

[Shannon, 06/02/2016]

Prayer Stop.

Prayer Stop (Tiny Church)

I'd learned about the Prayer Stop through your site and had hoped to visit for a long time. Pastor Dennis was at the Prayer Stop when I visited (having just painted and cleaned it) and we had a long chat. He shared his testimony and talked about the history and ministry of the Prayer Stop. He had a long prayer with me, read scripture with me, and hugged me goodbye. It was a powerful and blessed experience. I think what stands out to me most was his saying something like, "There's no condemnation in the Prayer Stop. I committed most every sin myself before the Lord delivered me, and now I know true joy."

[Brandee Shafer, 11/25/2013]

Our interest in the Prayer Stop is its itty-bittyness, but, like a tiny coffee shop, it potentially packs a wallop.

Prayer Stop.

Prayer Stop - Tiny Church

The Prayer Stop sits by the side of a two-lane road, New Hampshire Avenue, way out in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. It was built in 2002 by a member of the neighboring Immanuel's Church. He wanted to reach out to people who need prayer, but might be intimidated by a large church (Immanuel's has 3,000+ members; the Prayer Stop is reported to seat 4). The man who started the Prayer Stop had hit rock bottom, drinking heavily, and had been convicted of a serious felony. After having a religious turn-around, he wanted to help others with his ministry.

When I visited it, it was decorated for Christmas, and there was a note tacked to the door which indicated it was closed for the day, but that the church is still operating it as one of their missions.

[Julie Mangin, 12/10/2011]
Prayer Stop - Tiny Church

This tiny prayer stop was allegedly built by a man who's life was ruined by alcohol. Once he hit rock bottom, he felt that God had saved him. Showing how grateful he was, he decided to create a tiny prayer stop on the side of a busy street so any motorist could stop and pray.

Go figure. We always thought it was a trap set by neighborhood serial killers. Seriously, it is a real eye catcher and very out of place in the 2 lane rural road.

[MJ, 08/30/2006]

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