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Explaining a bar and bat mitzvah

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.

March 08, 2015 | Staff Report | RELIGION


All about Lent

When more than 2 billion Christians around the world begin observing Lent next week, they will do so in a variety of ways.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | RELIGION


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Not So Silent Night

"Not So Silent Night," a free outdoor family event and drama sponsored by the Covington Christian Church, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. While many churches offer the traditional Christmas program and cantata, music director, John Johnson wanted to try a different approach - something unique that would be a gift to the community.

December 04, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Advent services at First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Covington will be offering Advent Prayer Services every Tuesday on Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, from noon to 12:20 p.m. in the sanctuary.

November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


A man of enthusiasm and energy

The Rev. Kenneth Norrington is best described as a man with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, joy and a lot of Jesus. He serves as a part time local pastor to Union Grove United Methodist and Gaither's Chapel United Methodist Church.

A native of Covington, he was born to the late John Henry and Perrylee Norrington. Although he accepted Christ at age 18 and knew he had a calling on his life to preach, he did not come to terms with it until the death of his parents.

November 27, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


First Presbyterian gives thanks

Giving thanks:

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


‘Lord, what can we do?’

The Rev. Phillip Bone, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church, recently led his congregation in a Bible study on how to implement their spiritual gifts. A current study by Dr. Henry Blackaby on personal spiritual revival prompts them to ask, "Lord, what can we do?"

November 20, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


RLCC partners with Kroger to feed families

The Redeeming Love Christian Church in Conyers is preparing to feed one hundred families in the Newton/Rockdale County area during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Kroger Company is partnering to provide 50 turkeys for the Thanksgiving boxes. RLCC members donated all the trimmings - green beans, collards, turnips, corn, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and cornbread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and a $10 gift card to purchase perishable items.

November 13, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Providence Christian School celebrates Reformation Day

Oct.31, 1517, was one of the turning points in world history, affecting not just church history, but the very course of civilization across the globe. On this day, Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Church, in which he called for a return to the core teachings of Scripture (particularly as they pertain to salvation, grace and the authority of Scripture). Providence Christian School recognizes this historical event with a celebration of Reformation Day, held each year on Oct. 31 (or the Friday closest to the 31st).

Reformation ...

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Delta Sigma Theta sorority holds discussion for building independence

Delta Sigma Theta has created Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence. Through open dialogue and actionable recommendations, EMBODI will advance positive change. Understanding that organized collective action can achieve greater positive impact, Delta Sigma Theta is proud to join numerous other service-oriented associations and individual advocates who are actively engaged in uplifting African-American males.

Over the next year, the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will focus on developing and implementing EMBODI program components.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Walking with integrity

The Rev. Chad Caldwell, senior pastor of Journey Church, has a sense of urgency to build God's kingdom. 2008 proved to be a difficult year with the loss of his brother, Jeff, who died in a car accident in March and in the transition and restructure of the church, formerly known as Passion Community Church.

"I look for a lesson in everything that touches my life," said Caldwell. "Secondly, we have to make every minute count. My brother had accepted Christ and was baptized eight months prior to the accident. God gave Jeff an opportunity and he took it ...

November 06, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Watkins family appeals across many genres

The acoustic music of the Watkins Family will thrill audiences in Rutledge on Nov. 1.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Turn Around Ministries

Covington native Cory Stevenson, Founder of Turn Around Ministries Inc. is preparing to bring Jesus to the people in trailer parks, subdivisions, or wherever he is invited to come. God has placed a calling on his life to turn the world around, one community at a time. Turn Around Ministries Inc. is non-denominational and its mission statement reads, "To bring purpose based on the promises of God through his provision."

October 23, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Covington First United Methodist Church shares some love

When local firefighters, EMTs and policemen receive a 911 call, they are usually responding to moments of crisis, fear, injury and heartache. Many times those calls involve small children. As these men and women try to comfort these children, they sometimes hand them a stuffed bear to hold onto and hug.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stories From the Well

The Social Circle Theater's production, "Stories from the Well: Let it Shine" will open tonight and run through October 25. The non-profit community theater was founded in 2000 by Bob and Mabel Standridge in an effort to unify the community through live local theater.

October 15, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Life skills in a Christian manner

Terry Stutes is the minister of music and director of Petra Foundations Inc. at Solid Rock Baptist Church. The PETRA House exists to reach out to the homeless and alcoholic men in our community and lead them to Jesus Christ. On campus, they are provided with temporary housing, meals and mentors who teach them life skills through biblical principles so they can live productive lives. With the help and direction of God, SRBC believes that The PETRA House will become a place of encouragement, trust and acceptance.

"My mentor and pastor, Mike Franklin is teaching me how to love people ...

October 09, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Church expansion ‘a dream come true’

Founded in 1897, the historic New Hope Baptist Church located on the corner of Brown and Ivy streets has been a beacon of hope, love, compassion and faith. The church was planted by a group of people from Bethlehem Baptist Church who felt there was a need for a church in the Harristown Community. Today, it continues to be a ministry that is not about religion, but about a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In recent years, the appearance and location of New Hope Baptist Church caught the eyes of movie producers. The church, pastor and choir members were featured in ...

October 02, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


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