When Denver Presbyterian Church started in October, pastor Morrie Lawing held evening services instead of the traditional morning service.
As of Sunday, the church switches to a morning service to be held 9:30 a.m.
Lawing said in an e-mail there were several reasons for the switch.
â€œFirst, weâ€™ve been blessed with several families that are serving as co-laborers in the new church,â€ said Lawing. â€œThese families are able to help with different ministries such as set-up, greeting and hospitality.â€
Another reason has to do with tradition.
When the church first started, Lawing saw services as more classical than contemporary.
â€œThere are historical elements to worship,â€ said Lawing. â€œPrimarily, that includes great hymns of the faith and orchestral music.â€
The classical theme carried over into service times, according to Lawing.
â€œMost people consider Sunday mornings the â€˜normalâ€™ time for worship,â€ said Lawing. â€œTherefore, we believe our attendance will increase as a result of the switch.â€
In a Sept. 28 article, Lawing said he didnâ€™t want to take membership from existing churches in the Denver area.
â€œMeeting Sunday nights will help us build a core group of 20 to 30 people,â€ said Lawing, who added the church started meeting 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Denver Campus of Lincoln Charter School.
According to the Web site www.arpsynod.org, the church is part of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian synod and the First Presbytery that covers all of North Carolina.
About the church
Denver Presbyterian ARP is a mission work in on the west side of Lake Norman.
This mission effort is the vision of the session and members of the Coddle Creek ARP Church in Mooresville.
In celebration of the churchâ€™s 250th anniversary, the congregation decided to daughter a church. The Coddle Creek church is providing needed funds and some families to help in the start of this church.
For more information on Denver Presbyterian ARP church, call the Rev. Morrie Lawing at (704) 483-5510 or visit the Web site: www.denverarp.org.
by Jon Mayhew