There is a wonderful tradition of ecumenical partnering in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. Several churches, some with steeples, some that meet in unique settings downtown are involved in a monthly meeting of senior pastors that enjoy fellowship and common experience of downtown life. Out of these meetings opportunities have emerged to worship together and share our common faith. One tradition for the last decade is to journey through Lent together during Wednesday Noon Worship. We travel to each steeple church for a 30 minute service of worship that begins at Noon, followed by a donation-based lunch in the fellowship hall of each setting. We try to carefully keep our time together within the bounds of the lunch hour so that working and retired people can attend. This is a great way to worship with other Christians in the city, discover commonalities across denominations, and to see the inside of the beautiful old steeple churches of Downtown Knoxville! Parking is limited at some of the churches, so if you are able, we encourage you to park at Church Street and enjoy a brisk walk to our neighboring churches. The schedule for this year is:
February 20th—Church Street UMC
February 27th—First Baptist
March 6th—St. John’s Episcopal
March 13th—First Presbyterian
March 20th—Immaculate Conception
Services are all on Wednesday, starting at Noon, followed by a quick lunch (donations accepted). We hope to see you there!
--Rev. Sarah Varnell