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Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Continuing a Legacy

Serving in the community for more than 150 years, First Presbyterian Church of Covington is still standing strong. Established in 1827, originally as a garden, this ministry has always made its mark in the community. The roots of this ministry go so deep into the community; one of its forefathers, Dr. Hayes, was one of the very first pastors of the church, and still has living family members who are active in the ministry.

October 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Like a Rock

Established in 1989 on the outskirts of Covington Ga, Solid Rock Baptist Church is preparing to celebrate their 25th year anniversary. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Franklin, Solid Rock strives to "meet needs, share Jesus and to love people."

October 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A beacon of hope

First Baptist Church of Covington - this 190-year-old establishment has been in existence since 1823. Located on the Square in downtown Covington, this church is a beacon of hope to the local community.

September 11, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Salem UMC’s new service targets youth

A local church is adding a service to its Sunday schedule to encourage younger potential members to join the congregation's family.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


A blessed sanctuary

Allen Memorial Methodist Church sits on the scenic campus of Oxford College. Founded in 1841 by renowned missionary John Allen, Allen Memorial's main sanctuary has been a part of the Oxford community for more than 100 years. The education building, nursery and fellowship hall, often referred to as Lovern Hall, were built alongside the main sanctuary in the late 1960s.

September 04, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION


Mansfield Baptist Church

Established in 1911, Mansfield Baptist Church has been serving their community for over 95 years. In the next upcoming months the ministry will be celebrating their 100th birthday.

August 21, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


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Point of Grace comes to Covington

Pastor William Burnham and his wife moved to Covington 12 years ago, but it wasn't until two and a half years ago that God laid on their hearts the potential of starting a ministry, and it wasn't until Feb. 14 of this year that the ministry arrived in Covington.

March 12, 2010 | By Nikita Britt | RELIGION


African American Heritage Festival to be held Saturday

One Voice of Newton County is presenting its annual African American Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Newton County High School's Porter Auditorium. This event is free to the public. The festival will include history bowls and classic debate competitions featuring middle and high schools from both Rockdale and Newton counties. Several area schools will be represented. One Voice will also announce its essay contest winners who will be awarded scholarships for post secondary education. One Voice, a conglomeration of various churches and para-church organizations throughout Newton County, wishes to ...

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


John Gray comes to Covington

Members of Hebron World Church, 7165 Turner Lake Circle, will welcome Christian comedian and minister John Gray to their 10:30 a.m. service.

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Central Community Church: It can’t be explained. Only experienced.

From its beginning, Central Community Church has been anything but a "normal" church. The first services were held in what was once a warehouse with approximately 125 members using lawn chairs and box fans to keep cool.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Community invited to Ash Wednesday services

Conyers First United Methodist Church and Conyers Presbyterian Church will hold a combined special Lenten worship service and luncheon starting at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 17. The service will be held in the sanctuary of Conyers First UMC located at 921 N. Main Street, Old Town Conyers. Dr. John Beyers, senior minister of Conyers First UMC and Rev. Tom Sparks of Conyers Presbyterian will both speak and share in the imposition of ashes. All residents are invited to attend.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Care and Love

According to the Rev. Ronny Brannen, the theme of his church is "where vibrant life meets care and love," an expression he not only illustrates in the community but travels with around the world.

February 05, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Abiding Grace welcomes Easter guest speakers

Cocoa Beach. South Padre. Panama City. Cancun. Acapulco. Covington? One of these Spring Break locations is not like the other ones. But for a group of freshman college students from Martin Luther College in Minnesota, they wouldn't want to be anywhere other than Covington. From March 5 to 14 these young ladies will be joining members of Abiding Grace spreading a message that is not like the other ones, the message of Christ crucified and risen. The message of Easter. A message which makes less sense than Spring Break in Covington. The message of salvation for the whole world.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Springfield Baptist Church to re-open in Covington

After four years, the historic Springfield Baptist Church will resume weekly worship services in Covington on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m. Springfield was founded along the banks of the Yellow River in west Newton County in 1879 by former slaves. During the residential population boom of the past decade, Springfield experienced astronomical growth that compelled them to pursue the 2005 purchase of their current facility at 3001 Old Salem Road in Conyers. The move to Conyers and the subsequent return to Covington were inspired by the same pastor, Eric W. Lee, Sr., who is only the sixth ...

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Through the storm

Minister Ryan Hugley is a self-described young man with an old heart. He received his spiritual calling at a young age.

"I was called to be a minister of music," he said.

January 22, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


What If We Became... History?

Don't recognize what the headline is referring to? Some enlightenment: 'What if We Became History' is a play written by local author, Jamila Harris, and is set to premier next month at area churches.

January 15, 2010 | Beth Roth news@covnews.com | RELIGION


Making morale decisions

Covington resident Phillip Whidby doesn't love Christmas. Not after the death of his father on Christmas day 2002.

But as difficult as this day is for him each year, Whidby hasn't let his tragic memory remove his ability to love others during the holiday.

January 01, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION


The meaning of Christmas

Christmas time is here and recently The Georgia Arts Academy Inc.Music School warmed the hearts of 212 parents, student relatives and their guests in contrast to the frigid weather.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Christmas is coming

It's no myth the holiday season can be stressful. The pressure to decorate. The anxiety that comes with cooking another tasty holiday meal. Buying gifts coworkers, friends, relatives and begging children will love, while, much like an alarm clock, the nagging reminder of a recession intermittently sounds off in your head. However, these are all just distractions to what Christmas is all about. People tend to forget the purpose is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's a time to express love and to fellowship, and churches in Covington have the right idea. Here are some with events ...

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A discussion of faith

When Covington resident Chris Smith's priest first approached him with the idea of teaching an educational course, he knew he had to say yes.

December 11, 2009 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION


Meridian Herald comes to Old Church

Renowned preacher and author Dr. William Willimon will preach at Meridian Herald's 16h annual Southern Folk Advent Service at 4 p.m. Saturday at Old Church, Wesley Street, near the Oxford College campus in Oxford, Georgia. Admission is free.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


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