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Church to add Saturday survice for the Summer

By TIMES STAFF
Published July 18, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG

Christ United Methodist Church will begin a Saturday "Summer Nights" Praise and Worship Service this week.

The church, at 467 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, wants to offer a new style of worship to the downtown community. The new service will begin at 6 p.m. in the courtyard, with worshipers making their way into the sanctuary for a time of sharing, music, drama and a light message from Pastor Tom Norton.

The church believes the new time will be ideal for those who work Sundays or who don't want to get up early Sunday morning. The Saturday "Summer Nights" services will continue through the season and beyond, if attendance grows. Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the courtyard.

ST. PETERSBURG

Unitarians to hear speaker from U.K.

The Rev. Geoffrey Usher of the Upper Chapel Unitarian Church in Sheffield, England, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist United Fellowship, 5721 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, at 11 a.m. Sunday. The title of his sermon is "Sensitivity."

Usher has been active in the International Association for Religious Freedom since 1984 and served as chairman of the British chapter. He will be in Florida for the general meeting of the IARF.

A lifelong Unitarian, the minister was born in Adelaide, Australia, where he taught high school English and drama, before moving to Sydney, Australia, in 1976 and entering the Unitarian ministry. He moved to England in 1991 to become minister of Upper Chapel. For several years he has been president of Sheffield and District Association of Unitarian and Free Xian churches.

[Last modified July 17, 2007, 20:58:14]


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