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March 31, 2013

Smaller churches stay true to tradition

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During the liturgy, which is Anglo-Catholic, people feel involved when they sing the age-old songs out of hymnals and listen to the priest in person, he said.

While silence is valued, the congregation does tend to lift its voices in song — loudly, he said with a smile — led by Tom Harrigan on the organ.

Although the Church of the Holy Trinity is small with about 140 members, Scanlon said, “We’re very caring for the needs of the community.” The church has a food pantry, for example, and Scanlon described his parishioners as loving and caring.

Harrigan, who has been organist 10 years, said it doesn’t bother him that Holy Trinity isn’t steeped in technology. That has its place in some mega-churches.

But, he sees the younger members looking for a solid foundation, something unchanged from week to week.

He said he likes knowing what to expect each Sunday. “I feel very reassured by all that,” he said.

Faith through Facebook

Smaller churches might not have websites, but Facebook is a tool that’s accessible to almost everyone.

Co-pastors Chris and Don Prouty with Latter Rain Fellowship use Facebook to share scriptures and testimonies. Sometimes, Chris will forward posts that have a Christian message to them.

Also, she said, “I contact people and private message them to see if they need prayer or encouragement. I have actually led someone to the Lord on here in private messaging.”

Facebook is a good tool in witnessing, she said, especially with those who don’t go to church, and who have asked her for information about the Bible.

“I have had people begin attending church again,” she said. “I’m not saying it’s solely from me or Facebook, but I’d like to think it may have had something to do with it.”

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