Bay United Methodist offers alternative service

“Open Harbor,”a second weekend worship service will be added Saturday evenings at Bay United Methodist Church beginning next month, William Buckeye, the pastor, announced.

Beginning April 6,  the new alternative will start at 5 p.m. Saturdays with coffee and fellowship. The service will begin at 5:30 and "Rev. Bill" promises the total time to be an hour or less.

The service will be structured on an Open Table/Progressive Christianity model, the pastor said, noting it will be a more contemporary and casual offering than the current, traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. This casual service is open to anyone, with the GLBT community particularly invited and welcome.

The Saturday services will feature a variety of worship experiences including drama, art, contemporary music and an interactive approach, he said. Child care will be provided for children up to age four.

"We have been looking at launching a second service for several years," Buckeye said, "and we believe this approach is the right one for our church and community at this time. The name of this service was carefully chosen; ‘Open’ because all people are welcome at this service and at the communion table, and ‘Harbor’ as a place that is secure and sheltered. We are seeking to create the kind of community where anyone can come, bring their faith, their doubt, their questions, and their scientific understandings of the world to fully engage both their hearts and minds in worship together."

Buckeye added: "Additionally, this service is meant to be  an inclusive spiritual experience for those who may have been hurt by the church, have felt unwelcome or disenfranchised by churches they have visited. Finally, it also will provide an alternative for those facing conflicting activities on Sunday morning. The point of the new service is to provide a spiritual connection to people who don't feel that they have one. That's what this church, congregation and new service are for."

For questions or more information, call Rev. Bill Buckeye at Bay UMC, 440-871-2082.

Robert Penick

Pastor of Bay United Methodist Church

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