Date(s) - Sunday, February 10, 2013
First Presbyterian Church
Sing and celebrate with Rev. John Bell, a traveling Church of Scotland pastor and musician who breathes life into worship, music and the living Gospels. A much sought after speaker, Rev. Bell is member of the Iona Community, an evangelical community dedicated to working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community, and renewal of worship. He travels the world reviving Christian worship.
Bell will be in Kalamazoo Feb. 10 through 13.
His visit opens with worship at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, 321 West South Street, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Feb. 10.
A highlight of his visit will be a “Big Sing,” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo as part of the McShane Lecture series. A freewill offering will be taken.
Rev. John Bell will lead the retreat — “Ten Things They Never Told Me About Jesus” — from 7 p.m. Feb. 10 to 1 p.m Feb. 12. at Transformations Spirituality Center. Rev. Bell will look at the Gospels and aspects of Jesus ministry, including his understanding of women, family life, power, money and food. The humor of Jesus will be opened up and participants will find out how the Gospels require our imagination to unlock them. The retreat will be a time to ponder, learn, sing, and pray. Registration is $300 with a $50 non-refundable deposit paid by Jan. 14 and $335 after Jan. 14. Registration for commuters is $190. Registration fees include the retreat, private guest room with bath, meals, and materials.
In the ecumenical spirit that motivates John Bell’s work, there will be two Ash Wednesday events at First Presbyterian on Feb. 13 shared with other Bronson Park churches. At 5:30 p.m. he will lead a spiritual workshop around themes for Lent. At 7 p.m. John Bell will lead a worship service that will include communion and the imposition of ashes.
This visit is a collaboration with First Presbyterian Church and Transformations Spirituality Center, 3427 Gull Road, Kalamazoo.