Celebrating the People in the Pews
On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the people of Essex Community Church celebrated “Laity Sunday,” which the United Methodist Church has traditionally set aside as the third Sunday in October. On this day, the service focuses on the ministry of all lay Christians, and members of the congregation lead the service.
This year’s Laity Sunday service was led by Barbara Hoffman, a retired minister, along with three dedicated members of the Methodist Women’s Organization: Peggy Hunn, Ronnie Hollingsworth, and Jane TerLouw.
The children of Essex Community Church sang a special hymn with the church choir, “This Little Light of Mine.” Four longstanding members of the church were singled out for their ongoing service: