United Methodists Collaborate on Lenten Services

3/7/2023

Rev. Josh Swanson of the Augusta University Wesley Foundation and Grovetown UMC, and Rev. Scott Parrish of St. Luke UMC and Mann Mize UMC.

On Ash Wednesday, Augusta United Methodist Partnership churches offered imposition of ashes in the Augusta Commons, a busy public park used for events, festivals, and concerts. The outdoor opportunity was an expression of our United Methodist connection and a way to meet the community where they are.

Members of the community as well as members of the churches stopped by to receive ashes.

"Not only did the Holy Spirit touch the lives of those present, but many were educated on a tradition that United Methodists have been following for generations," said Rev. Dr. Dana Everhart, District Mission Specialist.

Clergy who took part include Rev. Sonny Mason of Woodlawn UMC, Rev. Josh Swanson of the Augusta University Wesley Foundation and Grovetown UMC, Rev. Scott Parrish of St. Luke UMC and Mann Mize UMC, Thurman Norville of St James UMC, Rev. Jenny Anderson of St. John UMC, and Rev. Everhart.

And they aren't the only United Methodists leaning into the connection this Lent. 

Henry County UMCs are coming together for their annual Lenten Lunch series. Held weekly on Wednesdays during Lent, the services rotate between six United Methodist Churches. Each Lenten Lunch begins with a short service at noon and free meal to follow. The host church welcomes a guest pastor to lead the service. This year's schedule is:
March 1 - Wesley Way UMC with Rev. Shari Rates
March 8 - McDonough First UMC with Rev. Tommy Ross
March 15 - Stockbridge First UMC with Rev. Michelle Strall
March 22 - Jodeco Road UMC with Rev. Kay Pendleton
March 29 - Wesley Chapel UMC with Rev. Andrew Peabody
April 5 - Harvest Point UMC with Rev. Lavelle Sanders

On Good Friday, April 6, seven United Methodist clergy from the Douglasville area will participate in "The 7 Last Words of Christ" at Douglasville First UMC. The service is at 6:30 pm. It is open to the community and will be live streamed at https://evt.live/good-friday.

"We are so grateful to God for this kindred, connectional spirit we share among the churches in Douglasville," said Rev. Robert King, pastor of Golden Memorial UMC, who hosted this shared service in 2022.