For many Christians in the western hemisphere, including Roman Catholics, the Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of their coming of age. In many Protestant churches, the rite of Confirmation is seen as a mature statement of a person's faith. This is why many western Christians are confirmed between the ages of 12 and 15, when they are on the cusp of adulthood and capable of fully realizing the importance of professing their faith.
When more than 2 billion Christians around the world begin observing Lent next week, they will do so in a variety of ways.
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The congregation of the historic Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Covington is moving. And though the relocation is seen as a step forward for the congregation, some members are unhappy to leave the historic site behind.
Audrey Curray is glad she resisted the urge to sleep in on a recent Saturday morning. Instead, the Rockdale teenager and about 150 other area youth and adults gathered in late October at Springfield Baptist Church for a summit focused on teen domestic violence.
A Southern gospel music concert is coming to Newton County to help raise money for a new school program that will teach the gospel.
"Change the World Day,'' a program that offers help for those in need, supports community service projects and offers a number of free activities, will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St.
1 p.m. lunch, 3 p.m. anniversary service; 4606 Springfield Drive, Newborn, 141st anniversary, speaker guest pastor Harold Miller, state Rep. Pam Dickerson will present resolution to honor church.
11 a.m.; Good Hope Baptist Church, 1142 Ga. Highway 162; the Rev. E. J. Tomlinson Pastor; public welcome, Grace Weaver 770-385-4961.
11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; Salem United Methodist Church, 3962 Salem Road; pork, stew, slaw, chips, bread and tea $8 or stew or pork by the pound for $8; to support mission programs; 770-786-6027, Jimmy Breedlove or email@example.com.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Ga. Highway 212, Conyers; free, day of family-friendly festivities, health fair, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, arts and crafts, classic cars, vendors; health screenings begin at 11 a.m.; firstname.lastname@example.org or Brother Callistus at 678-964-2237.
Covington First United Methodist Church will hold its fourth annual Steeple Chase benefit walk/run Oct. 26.
Hebrews 12:1-2a (Common English Bible): "So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter.
Just a Thought: A stump? Chop down the tree and leave a stump?
Shiloh United Methodist Church will hold a "Celebrate Jesus'' worship event from 4–8 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Almon Ball Field, 10 Almon Church Road.
Tradition and new leadership are merging together at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Members of a small church just over the Newton County line in Walton County are looking to keep their church home going strong with a barbecue fundraiser this weekend.
"The LORD's power overcame me, and while I was in the LORD's spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry. He asked me, "Human one, can these bones live again?"