South Charlotte Weekly Religious News Dec. 14

Holy Comforter starts offering same-sex blessings

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter will start offering the liturgical rite for blessing same-sex relationships. The church’s general convention approved doing so earlier this year.
The church’s Rev. Kevin Brown will hold an informative open forum on the topic Thursday night, Dec. 13, from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. at the church, 2901 Park Road. He will answer any questions people may have about the rite and how it will be offered at the church, according to the church’s most recent newsletter.
Also, the church will host an “Advent Lessons and Carols” concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m. The concert will include music, scripture readings and congregational carols to illustrate the Advent journey.
Find more information at the church’s website,

St. Matthew Life Teen introduces new ministry

St. Matthew Catholic Church’s new sports ministry has an event coming up.
Impel Sports meets on the second Thursday of each month and is open to all high school teens regardless of church affiliation, school affiliation, athletic ability or gender.
“We call all of our athletes to high standards of respect and sportsmanship, both on and off the field,” church staff said on its website.
The December event is broomball and ice skating at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.
Find more information on the ministry and sign up for the event at the church’s website, www.stmatthew

Gift wrapping at Calvary Church

Calvary Church is offering locals free gift-wrapping services this weekend.
The event, Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include light refreshments and free wi-fi. The church is offering the gift-wrapping project as a service to area residents.
The church is located at 5801 Pineville-Matthew Road. Find more information at the church’s website,

Park Road Baptist fights hunger

The congregation at Park Road Baptist Church will pack meals for the hungry next week.
The church is hosting a Stop Hunger Now event in hopes of preparing 20,000 meals in two hours. Stop Hunger Now provides food and aid to families in Third World countries through the help of local civic groups and congregations.
The event is Dec. 20, a Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. Find more information at the church’s website, www.parkroad The church is located at 3900 Park Road.

‘The Longest Night’ coming to Providence UMC

Providence United Methodist Church’s “The Longest Night” service is scheduled for Dec. 21, a Friday, to offer consultation and hope for people who have trouble during the holidays dealing with grief from divorce, job loss or sickness.
Dr. John Arey, the executive director of the Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services, as well as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, will speak at the service while Alexandra Rabey and Adam Ward provide special music for the evening, which is concluded with an invitation to light a candle “as a sign of hope,” according to the church.
The service starts at 7 p.m. The church is located at 2810 Providence Road. Find more information at the church’s website, www.providen

Sharon UMC readies for Christmas concert

Sharon United Methodist Church’s “The Hope of Christmas” concert is this weekend.
The event is just part of the church’s multiple events surrounding Christmas. The concert is Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. and will include songs and carols in rock, jazz, gospel and traditional music styles. The event is open to the public.
The church is located at 4411 Sharon Road. Find more information at the church’s website,
Christmas services information needed
South Charlotte Weekly will print a list of area Christmas services in the Dec. 20 issue. Send information about your south Charlotte church’s Christmas services to news@the Include the date and time of different services being held between Dec. 20 and Christmas, as well as a short description of the event and the church’s address and website.

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