At Palo Alto Vineyard Church, we value praying for others in a very down-to-earth, no-hype way. We value being able to hear and discern the voice of God, and we desire to empower others to do this too. We pray for healing from sickness, spiritual oppression, emotional wounding, and just general concerns of life. Not all of us are professionally-trained therapists, but we have great respect for the field and try to incorporate as much wisdom and knowledge from therapeutic values into our prayer sessions. Our overall goal when we pray is to speak God's heart, all done in a spirit of love.
Our Prayer Ministry department is co-led by Suzanne & Terence Magno. Suzanne is on staff as Director of Worship & Administration. Terence is a volunteer leader and also serves in the Worship Ministry.
Soaking prayer is an extended time of prayer, where people inside and outside of the church are welcome to come for an intentional time of listening to God and soaking in His presence. Trained teams pray for individuals and/or couples for about an hour, depending on the need. We offer prayers for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Send an email to with questions or to sign-up.
In the Vineyard, Getting prayer or being prayed for can happen in any context of church life! Getting prayer involves yourself and one, two, or three folks (for example, from our Prayer Ministry team) carving out time and space to listen to God together and speak His Heart as best they can for a concern you might have.
We usually have time at the end of our in-person services dedicated to praying for those who want prayer. As a Vineyard church, we have been gifted with prayer models that emphasize listening to God and giving space for the Holy Spirit to work. Our style is not to force things or to make things happen, but to allow for God Himself to do the work in meaningful and transformative ways. We have seen God heal, restore, encourage and bring freedom during these times. We have a team of trained pray-ors who will speak God's heart over you and bless you with more of His loving presence. Everything you share with anyone on our team during this time will be kept in confidence.
How do I learn to pray for other people? The best way to learn to pray for others is to grow in your own personal prayer life and get prayed for yourself! We can also pair you up with more experienced prayer ministers to pray for others in a pod. Future classroom-style trainings will be scheduled and announced. This Fall, we will host a session called Speaking God’s Heart For Others!