Goshen. First Presbyterian Church: Open for business, and then some

Goshen /
| 07 Jul 2021 | 08:24

    The First Presbyterian Church in Goshen is making it clear: It’s open for business.

    Three large banners on church property at 33 Park Place proclaim it, removing any doubt.

    Traditional worship in the iconic sanctuary, with original Tiffany stained glass windows brightening summer mornings, is now held each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

    In addition, the church has added a casual “Worship in the Park” service each Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

    “This ‘come as you are’ outdoor service is designed to be one that is intimate, yet casual,” said interim pastor, the Rev. Rhonda Myers. “Using a combination of song, scripture, prayer and a weekly message that encourages participation, this worship will afford an opportunity for spiritual growth. It’s informal, interactive and family-friendly.

    “Following the restrictions brought about by the global pandemic, the church elders sensed a new season was upon them — a season of recovery and renewal,” the pastor added. “As an open and inclusive church, the congregation has always sought to help meet the needs of the surrounding community. And the signs seemed to indicate that, after the season of fear and despair, there was a desire in the hearts of many to revisit the joy and the hope located in their spiritual roots.”

    Bring your family, lawn chairs or blanket, and if desired, bring a beverage or picnic meal.

    “Most of all, though, bring your enthusiasm for sharing in a time of rich fellowship and devotion,” Myers said.

    Parishioner George Hankins described the new Sunday evening service as “ a calming end to the previous week and a refreshing introduction to the coming week.

    “It will be outdoors, weather permitting,” he added. “In case of inclement weather or insufferable heat the service will move indoors to the sanctuary where you can stay dry or remain cool.”

    The church sanctuary is air-conditioned for morning service. Present plans are to run the “Worship in the Park” service through July 25.

    - Geri Corey