Salem UMC’s new Bridge ser­vice tar­gets younger con­stituency

The Covington News - - RELIGION - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

A lo­cal church is adding a ser­vice to its Sun­day sched­ule to en­cour­age younger po­ten­tial mem­bers to join the con­gre­ga­tion’s fam­ily.

Salem United Methodist Church will in­au­gu­rate a new Praise Wor­ship Ser­vice at 9:30 a.m. Sun­day, Sept. 7. The Bridge ser­vice will take place in the Fam­ily Life Cen­ter at the church, lo­cated at 3962 Salem Road in Cov­ing­ton, three and a half miles south of In­ter­state 20, di­rectly after a 9 a.m. gath­er­ing for fel­low­ship and re­fresh­ments.

Rev. Joe Pe­abody Jr., se­nior pas­tor, will lead the new ser­vice while also con­tin­u­ing to lead the tra­di­tional 11 a.m. ser­vice each week.

For months, Salem UMC’s Pas­tor and Wor­ship Com­mit­tee worked for a way to reach out to the com­mu­nity with a ser­vice that ap­peals to “those who pre­fer the more con­tem­po­rary style of wor­ship,” said Jimmy Breedlove, of Salem UMC, in an email.

“We are par­tic­u­larly hop­ing that th­ese folks will come and see what we are of­fer­ing,” Breedlove said.

He said on the phone that the ul­ti­mate goal is to reach the younger con­stituency and those who were pre­vi­ously unchurched “who have not yet found the op­por­tu­nity to know Je­sus Christ.” The church has been serv­ing peo­ple since its or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1824, where the first build­ing was a log struc­ture built on a five-acre plot near the cur­rent Salem Camp Ground spring.

The past three Sun­days were used as a soft launch for The Bridge ser­vice to “work out the kinks and get feed­back from the Salem con­gre­ga­tion,” Breedlove said.

The Bridge ser­vice is named so be­cause “there are all kinds of bridges in the world that go any­where and are needed ev­ery- where. For those who have not found or do not know about God and Je­sus, the ‘bridge’ at Salem could be the most im­por­tant one they have or will ever cross over in their lives.”

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