Welcome to Arkansas House of Prayer


Come experience the beauty of Sacred Silence.

We hope your time here will be peaceful and renewing. In silence we may feel God’s presence, experience guidance, restore our energy, and be filled with insights. As you leave the fast pace of daily life, may the quiet in this place, the design of the building, and the beauty in nature bless you on your journey. The House of Prayer is a joint ministry of the Diocese of Arkansas and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. See more of us here.


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A talented team of volunteers, staff, and community members have assembled a beautiful, insightful first issue of our Arkansas House of Prayer newsletter, Seeking Silence. In it, you will read a piece on contemplation and making decisions, spiritual insights from our founder, The Rev. Susan Sims Smith, and another beautiful article from a local interfaith leader.

We anticipate Seeking Silence to run in two issues annually, with information about our organization, upcoming events, and spiritual content generated by House of Prayer leadership and by members of our community. The newsletter will be available in print as well as digitally. E-mail us to request a copy, or click the link below to read it online.

Seeking Silence Issue #2


What Visitors Are Saying About The House Of Prayer

“I just want you to know how much I love this House of Prayer! I’ve been strugging with some things lately, and I’ve had so many ‘breakthroughs’ since I have been visiting the House of Prayer. It’s really true: ‘Be still and know that I am God.'”

Outer Garden at the House Of Prayer

“We’re only two miles from the House of Prayer. We’ll be visiting often. Both our time at the House of Prayer and the drive there and back are peaceful.”

A mother and her nine year old son visited the House of Prayer one Sunday afternoon. I met them at the door to give them a short orientation. When I explained about the silence in the House of Prayer, the boy said, “Oh, this is where people come to look for peace, right?”

“When I entered the meditation room, I was drawn to the circle of earth in the middle and then immediately to the sky as I looked up. I knew that my sister would also want to visit this holy place. We will return.”

One woman who recently lost her husband wanted to get a key fob. “I wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes worried, sometimes very sad, and I can’t get back to sleep. With a key fob, I can come and be at peace any time during the day or night.”

A woman facing surgery asked for a key fob. “Visiting the House of Prayer is one way that I can prepare spiritually for my surgery and my recovery.”

“When I left the building I felt cleansed of petty issues”

Meditation Room at the Arkansas House Of Prayer

“The last time I wept as copiously on entering a house of prayer was on a visit to the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople in 1956, when I sat under the dome with no other soul around.”

Entryway to the Arkansas House Of Prayer

“I loved going with family. Quietness. Cushions. Having someone at the House to greet us.”

“I enjoyed the gracious welcome and the intentional opportunity for people to slow down before they enter the prayer circle.”

“This is a beautiful and very sacred spiritual place.”

“I felt closer to God than ever before. I prayed a lot to God last night. I talked to him about how we are both alike and how we are going to change the world”.

Mason, age 7, The morning after visiting the House of Prayer.

Architectural photography: Timothy Hursley