First Baptist summer services will feature multiple themes
The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, 3630 Fairmount Blvd., is expanding on its successful summer worship format. Beginning with the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 9, services will be preceded by fellowship time at 9:30 a.m., where coffee, tea, juice and food will be provided. Late arrivers will be invited to bring their refreshments into church.
Each service will include a mix of traditional and contemporary music typical of the church’s separate traditional and contemporary services held during other seasons. For example, on one Sunday a powerful organ prelude will start things off; on another, the church’s talented praise team and band will assume the opening role.
Anyone interested in giving singing in a church choir a try is welcome to join the church’s Sometime Sunday Singers, a group of regular choir members and congregation volunteers who meet at 9:15 a.m. to learn a simple song that is then sung during that day’s service. No audition is required.
To introduce a more relaxed and engaging atmosphere, themes will be assigned to most summer Sundays. June 9 will be Hat Day, when attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite hats—the more elaborate, the better. Food-themed Sundays will include a Dollar Dog Sunday on June 16, where Cleveland Indians attire will be encouraged, and hot dogs will be available in the courtyard after the service. Ice cream and root beer floats will follow the two Ice Cream Sunday services on July 14 and Aug. 11. T-shirt and Hawaiian-shirt themes will occur on June 25 and July 21, respectively.
Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the company of neighbors and friends on the front lawn on June 30's community service day. Red, white and blue clothing is suggested for the Fourth of July Sunday, which will take place on July 7. The summer series will be rounded out with Christmas in July on July 28, a back-to-school service on Aug. 18, and a food drive as a part of Homecoming Sunday on Aug. 25. The regular church schedule will resume on Sept. 8.
For more information, visit www.firstbaptistcleveland.org.
G. Michael Skerritt
G. Michael Skerritt is a retired engineer and a member of First Baptist Church. Music and theater are his avocations.