"While many think of actions such as the imposition of ashes, signing with the cross, footwashing, and the use of incense as something that only Roman Catholics or high church Episcopalians do, there has been a move among Protestant churches, including United Methodists to recover these more multisensory ways of worship. This is in keeping with a growing recognition that people have multiple ways of learning and praying. Worship that is oriented to the intellect or to the emotions, both interior, leaves out those who engage in prayer through vision, smell, touch, movement, etc. People are formed in faith when practices become embedded in memory, nerves, muscles and bone through sensory engagement."
From the United Methodist Church website archives, www.umc.org
A special Lenten Worship and Luncheon will be held at Conyers First United Methodist Church in Conyers, Georgia on February 17 at noon with the luncheon to follow at 12:30 p.m. This event is open to the community and childcare is available 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dr. John Beyers, senior minister of Conyers First UMC and Rev. Tom Sparks, pastor of the Conyers Presbyterian Church invite the public for this special worship service to include the imposition of ashes in the sign of the cross upon the forehead of those attending. Special music will be played.
Following the worship service in the sanctuary a simple luncheon of soup, salad and bread will be provided in the fellowship hall. All donations received will go to the FUMC Conyers Missions Committee.
For more information, contact Debbie Golden at 770-483-4236 x 130.