Episcopalians' doors to be open statewide
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The red doors of St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs will be standing open to the community and its congregation on Sunday, Oct. 12, as they will at all 56 Episcopal churches in Arkansas.
The action is taken as part of an initiative on the part of the church in which Episcopalians throughout the Diocese of Arkansas gather in Little Rock with Bishop Larry Benefield Oct. 10 and 11 for a weekend of fellowship and inspiration. A group of St. James parishioners plans to travel to Little Rock for the special activities and return home for the Sunday services at St. James.
Open Door Sunday will focus on welcoming newcomers. Local residents and visitors are invited to attend either the 8 or 10 a.m. service, and a breakfast in the church's undercroft at about 8:45 a.m. open to guests and members.
St. James Church, located at 28 Prospect Ave., is known for the quality of its music and choir as well as its community outreach programs and contributions.
Said Bishop Benefield, "Open Door Sunday is not anything strange or new or mysterious or difficult. It is simply what we ought to be doing every Sunday, opening our doors and inviting people in. We need to let them know that there is a place where God's unconditional love is made evident, and that place is their local Episcopal Church."
For more information, contact Bishop's Warden David Vanselow at (479) 330-0796 or 363-6059.