Monday, March 23, 2009

Awakening Adds Morning Service

The Awakening Church debuted its morning service this past weekend. On March 22, the new 10:30 am service met at AMC Loews Village 7 at 66 3rd Ave. (at E 11th St.). The church also has a 6:30 pm service on Sundays at 115 MacDougal St.

At both of the services there is "experiential worship" under the direction of musician Ian Heikel. New artists are also featured every week. Among the upcoming performers is singer songwriter Matthew Brookshire on April 19.

Awakening was established just this past June, after Pastor Dennis Minner had been ordained in March 2008. It is geared towards "those tired of playing church. It is a church for those that want to be the church. It is a place where people can come as they are and also who they are." As such, it is essentially a non-denominational church with ties to the baptist church: "We basically run as many think we are, an independant [sic] Church. Our basic faith and guidlines [sic] are in line with the General Baptist Denomination which also funds and supports us. It is a denomination that is generally known throughout the Midwest but has spread to California, Florida, South Carolina and now, New York City."

Given Awakening began a morning service a year into their ministry, does that mean that evening services are more popular these days or that the congregation wanted a more traditional meeting time?

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