At the time of year when many stop to count their blessings, several area pastors and churches want to gather together in worship as one grateful community.
The Statesboro Community Thanksgiving Service is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Emma Kelly Theater, and all are invited to attend. It will take place during the Sixth Annual Shopping by Lantern Light, the culmination of the year's Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market across the street in the parking lot of Sea Island Bank, 2 E. Main St.
"We're aiming for a wide representation of the community," said Dan Lewis, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Statesboro. "We worship together so seldom, and it's a great opportunity to come together as one community of faith. We're very grateful for the hospitality of the Averitt Center for hosting the event."
The Rev. James W. Byrd Sr., the pastor of New St. Andrews Chapel Church in Sylvania, will bring the message, and the service of praise and thanksgiving will feature music and readings by area musicians and ministers.
Periodically over the years, some of Statesboro's churches have hosted a service of this nature, but this is the first year it will be held at the Averitt Center
for the Arts.
"We wanted to make people feel comfortable in a familiar atmosphere of worship that doesn't lend itself to just one worship environment, where people feel free to worship together," Byrd said. "We're trying to knit together an attitude of worship that represents the diversity of our great community."