2 Westlake churches team up for Lenten services
Two local churches – Dover Congregational United Church of Christ and Westlake Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – will hold four joint, weekday, community-focused worship services during Lent.
Members of both congregations will participate. Worship and communion will be offered to believers of all denominations.
The first service will be on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be working or living nearby and wishes to receive the imposition of ashes in a brief and informal service. Later, a more traditional service at 7 p.m. will offer communion and imposition of ashes.
On Maundy Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. there will be an evening service offered. On Good Friday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. an afternoon service will be offered.
According to the Rev. Keith Stuart, the Dover Congregational United Church of Christ minister, the goal of both congregations during Lent is to provide a fuller menu of worship choices for families and people with varying needs and schedules.
“Our two congregations,” said the Rev. Bill Meyer, pastor of Westlake Christian Church, “want to offer the Westlake community more by working together than we could if we were trying to do everything separately.”
Meyer said his congregation would be taking the lead for the two daytime services and the Dover congregation would take the lead in the evening services.
Westlake Christian Church is currently sharing space with Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2239 Dover Center Road. Both congregations worship on Sundays in different locations of the building.