Prayer Mountain, CO is located in the Old Church Square building at 107 W. Henrietta in Woodland Park, CO. The building has a rich history that dates back to the very founding of the city. In 1890, Henrietta Steffa, whose family was instrumental in the development of the town, donated a parcel of her family's large cattle ranch, a new Free Methodist Church became the first church building in the town.
The original one room church, 24 ft. x 35 ft. stood on a slight rise on what is now the corner of Henrietta Avenue and Park Street. Pine pews, and a wood stove placed on the inch thick pine floor boards furnished the room. Two doors opened from a big porch on the east and six tall windows, three facing the north and three on the south, cam from the old school which was being replaced that year. The original cost of the building was $1,800. All labor was donated and for Woodland Park, the new church was a fine place to meet and honor God.
In 1921, a new deed was recorded renaming the old church building the Woodland Park Community Church, "forever evangelical and non-denominational." The church grew and in 1924 it was able to finance a new addition for Sunday school room, now the foyer located on the west side. At the same time a real steeple was build and bell hung.
From then on, Sunday School became an important part of life and was well attended. However, there was no permanent pastor and good Bible teachers were difficult to obtain. The people were grateful to anyone who would hold service, no matter what their denomination.
As time went by, building programs increased the size of the church. In 1948, the east porch was closed in and the floor poured in cement. A new cinder block education building with flat roof was added to the sanctuary on the south side. A candle lighting service and communion were held to dedicated this new facility. In 1965, the church again added on the south. But finally, in 1994 Woodland Park Community Church moved into its brand new facility on the north side of town.
The real church, of course, is not wood, brick or mortar, but the people of God. However, we will always respect the historical significance and roots of this important city landmark.
PRAYER MOUNTAIN FACILITY
Overlooking Pike's Peak, the view from our fully remodeled facility serves as a prophetic picture of mountain top face-to-face encounters with God and His glory.