Spirit calls lo­cal pas­tors out­doors for ser­vices

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

A spirit of re­vival within the great cre­ation of the world is what two pas­tors who sought per­mis­sion to hold out­door ser­vices brought with them to the Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion in pre­sen­ta­tions this month.

Lo­cal pas­tor Corey Smith will con­tinue his mis­sion to bring en­dur­ing growth of a mes­sage of the love of Je­sus Christ through an up­com­ing fall out­door re­vival in front of Polk County Court­house No. 2 in Cedar­town. He sought and got unan­i­mous ap­proval from the city com­mis­sion to use Hol­loway Park nightly be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 1 and end­ing on Oct. 14 on evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. for ser­vices.

Smith said he wasn’t as in­volved in ser­vices as an or­ga­nizer in 2017 as he had been in year’s past af­ter he and his wife wel­comed twins into the world, and hopes not to be as busy with an­other child on the way this year as well.

“We’re try­ing to get more peo­ple in­volved as well,” he said. ‘

Last year’s nightly at­ten­dance av­er­aged 90 peo­ple com­ing in and out of the ser­vices held in front of the court­house where Fourth Fri­day con­certs are also con­ducted.

“I still have a vi­sion of see­ing a great re­vival come out of this city,” Smith said.

This is the sixth year of the an­nual re­vival held in the fall in Cedar­town.

Where Smith only seeks two solid weeks of wor­ship, an­other lo­cal pas­tor wants to pro­vide ser­vices on Sun­day morn­ings for passers-by on the Sil­ver Comet Trail – weather per­mit­ting of course.

Anna Kresge United Methodist Church pas­tor Ed Dick­ens sought and re­ceived con­di­tional per­mis­sion to hold ser­vices at the Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter and De­pot for cy­clists and those en­joy­ing the trail in gen­eral to come and wor­ship be­fore head­ing off on their day’s ad­ven­ture.

Dick­ens said it was his in­ten­tion to keep the ser­vices ca­sual and not too long, with a brief mes­sage, mu­sic of praise and maybe a snack be­fore send­ing Sil­ver Comet Trail vis­i­tors along their way.

“While I was out rid­ing on the trail a few weeks ago, God laid it on my heart as a thing to do,” Dick­ens said.

He also said it was his in­ten­tion to be re­spect­ful of the sur­round­ing neigh­bors and didn’t see the need for sound am­pli­fi­ca­tion.

With the con­di­tion that no com­plaints come from the com­mu­nity about noise and large crowds, the com­mis­sion didn’t see a prob­lem with al­low­ing Dick­ens to move for­ward with his plan. They also asked that if he did need to use any kind of speaker sys­tem for the ser­vice to come back for fur­ther dis­cus­sion be­fore mov­ing for­ward.

Dick­ens did ask about putting out some kind of sig­nage, but the city asked he not do so.

He plans to start ser­vices soon and con­tinue them so long as weather per­mits.

/ Kevin Myrick

Right: Corey Smith dis­cussed his plans to bring the sixth an­nual fall re­vival back to Hol­loway Park in down­town Cedar­town. Be­low: Anna Kresge United Methodist Pas­tor Ed Dick­ens sought and got per­mis­sion to start a morn­ing church ser­vice on Sun­days at the Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter’s park­ing lot for vis­i­tors on the Sil­ver Comet Trail.

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