Ten area churches will be worshipping together this Sunday, Aug. 29, for their 22nd annual Community Worship Service in the Park. This gathering of the churches for worship in the Park began in 1989 as several choir leaders wanted to bring their choirs together to sing. These lay leaders had a heart for our community to come together and offer their voices in worship and their Pastors also saw the value of worshipping together and have continued the tradition for the past 22 years.
Again this year the service is in W. A. Olen Park in Clintonville (near the enclosed shelter). It begins at 10:15 a.m. and a meal is provided by Matthews Supper Club after the service for everyone in attendance. The congregations will be bringing desserts and coffee and lemonade.
The ten churches that are participating are Bethany Ev. Free, Calvary Apostolic, Christus Lutheran, Christ Congregational, Faith Church, Family of Christ, First Baptist, St. Mary’s, St. Rose and United Methodist. Everyone is invited to attend, no matter what their church background is, and those who do not attend any church are invited to come.
Clintonville has a wonderful group of leaders and churches that work together for the benefit of the Community. The churches also work together in many other ways, such as the Community Benevolence Fund, the weekly Community Meal, the monthly distribution of food from Ruby’s Pantry and Youth events. Pastor Vanman of Family of Christ says, “Clintonville is blessed to have this great relationship between the churches. Many communities do not see their Pastors and churches working together. Here in Clintonville there is a wonderful group of lay leaders and pastors that are on the same page together as they desire to see the Kingdom of God built up and enlarged here in our city. I truly appreciate the encouragement and support that flows between our Pastor’s group and also between the churches.”
People are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit on or blankets as the tent and chairs that had been available in the past is no longer available. The loose offering will go to the Community Benevolence Fund and the designated offering to their corresponding churches. The High School auditorium will be the alternate location in case of rain. Live radio broadcast will again be carried on WJMQ 92.3 FM beginning at 10:15.