COVINGTON — A tradition of worship will continue Tuesday night with the annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service.
This year’s service will be held at 7 p.m. at Covington First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Eddie Lee, pastor of Springfield Baptist Church in Rockdale County, will bring the message.
In addition to First Presbyterian, the service is sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church, St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, Covington First Baptist and Covington First United Methodist. The churches take turns hosting the service, which has been held for more than 40 years.
The Rev. Billy Wade, pastor of First Presbyterian, said choirs from the host churches will combine to lead the singing of traditional Thanksgiving hymns. Handbell choirs will also perform, and an offering will be collected for the Community Food Pantry.
The service is “open and inviting to the whole community,” said Wade.
“I think so often we get so focused on just our own particular church and we forget we are part of the larger body of Christ,” said Wade. “I just think that we don’t do as much as we need to do to get to know one another and to celebrate our faith together.”
Wade said the service is held on the Tuesday evening prior to Thanksgiving in order to accommodate families who travel out of town and to give those helping with the community Thanksgiving dinner time to prepare.
The Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by the Newton County Minister’s Union, will take place on Thanksgiving Day at noon at the Newton County Theme School, formerly Ficquett Elementary School.
Wade said the dinner is also open to all in the community.
“This has been a dinner not only for people who don’t have enough to eat, but also for people who don’t have other people to eat with,” he said. “It’s completely open to anybody, and there are meals that are made and sent to people who can’t get there.”
Anyone interested in making donations for the dinner or in helping out should call Rosalee Thompson, director of the Community Food Pantry, at 770-784-0037.