This ecumenical ministry demonstrates Christ’s love in action.
We understand that some of the best sermons many of us have “heard” have had no words. We also believe that every act of agape at the Rescue Mission is done with a sense of gratitude for what the Lord has done in our lives.
There has been an evening chapel service at the Rescue Mission of Roanoke every day since July 2, 1948. Today there are multiple services daily. Many different churches participate in our chapel ministry. All are welcome. A description of what is currently being offered is listed below.
Morning Start devotions are held Monday through Friday at 7.30am for Residential Recovery Program Participants. Morning Start is led by staff, volunteers and sometimes the participants themselves. It is an opportunity for all to spend the first part of their day in Christian community with inspiration and prayer.
Family Chapel is held every night at 6.30pm in the Women and Children’s Center. This is a time for local churches to minister to families staying in the Emergency Family Shelter. Services are often augmented by youth group skits, puppet shows, and kid-friendly stories to involve the whole family. As part of Family Chapel, there is also an opportunity to host a Children’s Chapel for younger children.
Depending on the number of children residing in shelter as many as three different children’s chapels (segmented by age) are offered Monday through Friday evenings. Youth groups from local congregations enjoy leading interactive activities in children’s chapel. Chapel volunteers report at 5:45pm to help lead the children from the dining room. Children’s Chapel is held from 6:00 to 7:30pm.
The Rescue Mission offers a Hospitality Chapel every night at 7.45pm led by church groups representing more than 100 different congregations. This ecumenical ministry demonstrates Christ’s love in action and provides an opportunity for local churches to interact with homeless people in worship. It is the desire of the Rescue Mission to demonstrate Christ’s love by bringing people to repentance and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Mission Chaplains are on duty during the Hospitality Chapel to assist those who ask for prayer or who wish to make a faith decision.