Koinonia Circle: Faithfully Accessible Worship, a new approach to worship, is on tap at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
This is worship designed to be accessible to children and adults of all abilities. The liturgy will be the same as the other two Sunday services, but the words will be enhanced through visual imagery, both liturgical movement and American Sign Language.
Worshipers may sit throughout or move about as they wish. The service includes lots of singing and musical responses and will end as worshipers gather around the communion table.
This is a pilot program of the church in an attempt to find better ways to serve the needs of all persons. It will be held in the church assembly hall. Regular services in the sanctuary are at 8:45 and 11 a.m.
The 60th anniversary is coming up for Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 632 Laurel Hill Road.
Bishop Hope Morgan, Episcopal leader of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be guest preacher at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 30, when the congregation will mark this occasion.
Aldersgate’s first service was held in Glenwood Elementary School on Aug. 21, 1955, and the church was organized on Sept. 27 with the Rev. Kinsey King as its first minister.
Following worship, a catered barbecue lunch with roasted chicken, baked beans, slaw, hush puppies and dessert will be served.
The Rev. Donnie L. Evans-Jones, pastor for the past 12 years, said this week that a long list of former ministers has been invited to attend.
The Aldersgate congregation is now worshiping in a new sanctuary.
Homecoming is set for Sunday, Aug. 23, at New Hope Presbyterian Church located at 4501 NC Route 86 between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.
This historic church, more than 250 years old, continues to serve a thriving rural section of Orange County. Established in 1756 by Scottish families who moved here from Pennsylvania, the church now includes members from across the nation and around the globe as well as descendants of the original settlers.
Christopher Edmonston, pastor at White Memorial Presbyterian in Raleigh, will preach at the 11 a.m. worship service. He was recently recognized as a William Friday Fellow and has served on many boards of organizations across the Presbyterian Church U.S.A
The Chancel Choir and handbell choir, directed by Allen Amos, will provide music for worship.
Lunch is what the church calls “hearty potluck” and will include a variety of salads, meats and vegetables, desserts and beverages.
Also, those attending should take time to view a display of historical documents, photographs and furnishings from the church’s past years.
Won Buddhist Temple, 6021 Old N.C. 86, is inviting the public to its annual remembrance ceremony from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 of the first nine disciples of Sotesan, the founder of Won Buddhism.
The disciples were sent to the mountains for 100 days of prayer and meditation. On their return, they dedicated their lives to following the teachings of Sotesan and to aid in the deliverance of all suffering beings.
The program will include a talk by dharma master, Venerable ChawSan who was the fourth Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism. He has traveled from Korea to take part in this service.
There will also be music, chanting, guided and silent meditation, the naming ceremony for newly committed practitioners, and refreshments at the end of the evening.
All ages are welcome.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, including churches in this area, held a national gathering last weekend with a special emphasis on family happiness.
The three-day convention was held at the Richmond Virginia Assembly Hall of the church and emphasized how Jesus’ example can give parents and children the tools to build stronger and more united families.
The program, titled “Imitate Jesus,” also included an examination of the Sermon on the Mount.
“Jesus’ sermon offers timeless advice that can help parents to better use their time and resources to build a more secure and loving family environment,” said James F. Deaton, a spokesman for the church.
Conventions like this are admission free and are supported entirely by voluntary donations.
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