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Churches unite in faith outdoors

BATAVIA – A beach umbrella is the last thing one typically would see at a church service.

But for Ann Meyers of Batavia and her son Jack, 11, the umbrella was a necessity as they leaned back in their lawn chairs Sunday and clapped as the Logan Street Sanctuary Choir belted out a gospel song.

“Even with this beautiful weather, the sun is warm,” Meyers said.

She was among those who attended the joint worship service between Batavia United Methodist Church and Logan Street Baptist Church at the Peg Bond Center on the Batavia Riverwalk.

Meyers and her son are members of the Batavia United Methodist Church. “I like the music,” Meyers said. “It is an energetic service.”

Jack appreciated the service being outside. “You have a lot more space,” he said. “It’s nice having two churches together.”

In a sermon to youngsters at the service, the Rev. Jeffry Bross of the United Methodist Church told them that a church was more than just a building.

“A church is about you and me, your family and your friends,” Bross said. “God wants us to be the church.”

The Rev. David Seymour of Logan Street Baptist Church said the churches were on opposite sides of the Fox River.

“But we are joined in unity with one another.”

This is the third outdoor worship service Logan Street Baptist Church member Marion Francis has attended.

“I like the camaraderie, the fellowship with people of other faith,” Francis said. “This brings us closer together.”

The service drew the curiosity of bicyclist Terry Andrew, of St. Charles, who had been pedaling in the park.

“If it’s music, I’m there,” Andrew said.

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