St. Vrain Circuit offers General Conference prayer service on Good Friday

April 23, 2019
Photo courtesy Rev. David Burt, Heart of Longmont UMC
Story and photo submitted by Rev. Tiffany Keith
Congregational Resource Minister, Peaks/Pikes Peak District

It has been fun meeting with circuits to brainstorm ways we can be in ministry together. We've come up with everything from sharing ministries and resources like VBS, mission trips, bookkeepers, and lay leader training, to doing life together through worship, and community gatherings. I've seen unused tech gadgets, children's supplies, and cricket paper cutters go from backroom storage closets to being useful in another church. I've even heard a whisper or two of a circuit considering starting a new faith community together! It's been an amazing exercise in hope and possibilities, and I'm grateful to have been witness to circuits growing together. 

This year, I have been especially blessed to watch the St. Vrain Circuit dream up, plan, and gather together around a prayer service leading up to General Conference 2019. And during Holy Week, they came together for a shared Good Friday service with more than 168 people in attendance. Together they planned and perfected the order of service, decided on who would lead which parts of service and chose songs that would be meaningful for all.

Led by Heart of Longmont pastor, Rev. David Burt, this circuit gave pastors a place to lead and congregants a place to worship on a night that some of their individual churches would not have had the resources to create. Although it was moving, meaningful service to experience, for me it meaning and joy comes from small seeds of "what if" planted and bearing fruit. I want to send a huge "Thank you!" to the St. Vrain Circuit in the Peaks/Pikes Peak district for dreaming up new things and nourishing them to life.