It’s a chilly Thursday at noon, and there are 4 of us gathered in a tiny chapel on College Avenue for a mid-day service. I’m observing as Father John Prenger leads two other people through liturgy.
There are Bible readings, some responses from the Book of Common prayer, and a short message.
When it’s time for holy communion, they gather around the altar. From one person to the next, they pass a tiny piece of bread, and a small chalice of wine. But it’s not just the bread and wine – to them, the body and blood of Jesus Christ are present.
Corey Bunch helps Harrison Wright with the hand motions during a worship song in the All God’s Children classroom at Broadway Christian Church.
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Jackson Farley and Christian McCaulley go over a social story with Aidan Post. The social story helps Post understand the importance and how to pray. The class goes over this every week before they all pray together.
The winners of this year's Columbia Values Diversity Awards both have close ties to education – and to longtime Columbia educator Eliot Battle, who died last year.
The awards, which are given out at the annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration, honor those who have helped the community better appreciate diversity and cultural understanding. It's also a chance to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Interfaith Day Center in Columbia was packed full on Monday as people sought refuge from the cold temperatures. The high for the day was 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
The center, which is a daytime resource for those who are homeless, is expected to move to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church soon. In the current location on Park Avenue, there’s only seating for about 20 people.
The hat of Henry Kelmme, life-long member of Peace UCC, sits on a rack in the back of the Hartsburg church. Klemme placed his hat on that rack every Sunday until he died in 1993. The church keeps his hat there as reminder of those who have gone on before.
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Peace United Church of Christ, back left, and Hartsburg Baptist Church, front right, are the only two churches located in the small town of Hartsburg, Mo. Peace UCC was established in 1894.
This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values (ColumbiaFAVS.com.)
Editor's note: We'd like to tell more stories of rural churches and their role in the community. If you think your church would be a good fit for one of our stories, or if you know of another church we should profile, please email Columbia Faith & Values Editor Kellie Moore at Kellie.Moore@ReligionNews.com.
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When I accepted my job, I didn’t realize “tour guide” would be part of the job description. But here I am, preparing to lead a tour of some of Columbia’s downtown houses of worship. And it’s not the first time, either.