What is Fire-Pit Worship?
Though there is no longer an actual fire-pit, the style of worship remains the same. Believers gather in a casual atmosphere for one purpose – to encounter the Living God.
The lights are dimmed, and the music is turned up rather loud. The music is usually recorded and played on a sound system, though occasionally there is a live worship leader. The time of worship fosters a one on one relationship between each worshiper and Almighty God. We gather as a group, but the experience is very individualized.
Some people sit quietly while others sing along. Some people remain still while others pace about the room. Some people stand, some kneel, some lay out on the floor, or any combination throughout the night. There is freedom in style of worship for the individual, but there must be respect for the others present.
The time does not include preaching, teaching, or anyone’s agenda. This time is designed solely for individuals to have a real encounter with God. It is a time for each attendee to cry out to God, to seek God, to hear from God, and to be impacted through the development of a deep, personal relationship with God.
There was a residence in the city of Ramsey that had a fire-pit in a clearing in the trees on the property. A man began seeking the Lord while playing music and sitting at the fire-pit. A friend joined him, and they prayed and worshiped together. Sometime later, another joined them and then more showed up.
This eventually became a scheduled event with men worshiping every Wednesday night and family night worship every other Saturday. It went through a few transitions and variations over the years concerning the times and such, but the worship always remained the same – individuals encountering God. During the summer months the people gathered around the fire-pit while during the winter the worship moved into a building that had a wood stove.
Those who wished to receive prayer or who had a word for someone else would leave the area of worship and go elsewhere to talk. First, the music was loud enough that it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Second, there was an effort to respect the others who were connecting with their Creator.
The property owner received instruction from the Lord that the fire-pit worship was to be moved to Anoka. It was not the fire-pit itself, but the worship that was the focus. The Anoka Awakening worship time is the result of obeying that word.
We seek to maintain the same procedure today as originally occurred at the fire-pit. Even the leaders need to encounter God and their worship time should be respected just as it is for all others who came for that reason.
Respect for others who are there to worship is important for this time to be valuable and impactful for all who attend.
Resist the temptation to interrupt someone to simply have a conversation.
Take liberty in how you would like to worship but take care not to impose upon others who are seeking intimacy with God.
You are free to come and go at whatever point of the evening you so choose.
When and Where
Fire-Pit worship is every Thursday night beginning at 6:30 PM. Though the scheduled end time is 10:00 PM, it may conclude earlier or later depending upon those present. There may also be other worship times called for by someone for other reasons.
The time of worship takes place at The Living Room, our second-floor space at the Old Post Office building at 300 East Main Street in Anoka. There have also been times when we worship at the park or have hosted worship events at the Anoka Fairgrounds band shell.
Join us for this time of encounter with God and see how He will impact your life.