Lenten Worship Series Ecumenical Community Events Happen in Shawnee

The Shawnee Ministerial Association (SMA) plans to bring back the community ecumenical worship series this year after the 2020 series was halted after two services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, due to the pandemic, plans for the series in 2021 have been canceled.

This year, SMA has scheduled eight churches from seven denominations to take over the series.

Worship is scheduled for noon each Thursday during Lent with a different church each week thereafter. A fraternal meal follows a short adoration. The meal is provided by the host church with donations accepted to help offset the cost of the meal.

Host church pastors plan to follow all safety precautions in effect at the time of the host regarding the COVID-19 status at that time.

The public is invited to share in both the short worship service and the fellowship meal. For the past few years, the Community Oecumenical Lenten Worship series has brought together Christians from different traditions in a shared worship experience and fellowship opportunity.

The series will begin with Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 501 North Broadway, hosting the first service on Thursday, March 3.

The University Baptist Church, 2515 North Kickapoo, will host Thursday, March 10.

United Presbyterian and First Christian Church, 1625 N. Broadway will co-host Thursday, March 17. The co-hosted worship service will be held at First Christian Church.

St. John Lutheran Church, 3610 N. Union, will host Thursday, March 24.

Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 E. Independence will host Thursday, March 31.

St. Benedict Catholic Church, 632 N. Kickapoo, will host Thursday, April 7.

First Baptist Church, 227 N. Union, will host Good Friday, April 15.

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