Interfaith Outreach Association Congregation Open House
Church of the Covenant joins with many other Lynchburg houses of worship in the annual Interfaith Outreach Association Congregation Open House. This will include a tour of the Church House, and refreshments available in the Lodge of the Fishermen, with materials that show both current programs for the community, and new ones being developed.
Looking for something fun to do this holiday season in Lynchburg? Join us on Saturday, December 16 from 10am-2pm for Interfaith Outreach Association’s 3rd Annual Walter M. Fore, Jr. Greater Rivermont Congregation Open House. Cost for the open house is $20 per person and proceeds benefit Interfaith Outreach’s Emergency Assistance program. The ten congregations that will be open for the public are Agudath Sholom Synagogue, Centenary United Methodist Church, Church of the Covenant, Fellowship Church of Christ, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Peakland Baptist Church, Peakland United Methodist Church, and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Tickets: $20 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the following venues: Downtown Lynchburg Visitor’s Center, Boonsboro Gladiola Girls, and Aylor’s Farm Store in Forest. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at participating open house congregations. Cash and Check only.
Each place of worship will be decorated for the holidays and in the midst of various stages of its Advent, Christmas, or Hanukkah traditions, giving attendees a glimpse at more than just the aesthetics of decorations.
According to Shawne Farmer, the Interfaith Outreach Executive Director, “Different liturgical traditions, that’s going to be a fun thing for people to see. Some have the specific Chrismon tree, some of them have Christmas trees. Some of them have advent wreaths. … Some of them, their traditions go back many, many years given the fact that the congregations are so old — 100-plus years was the case with most of them.”
“All of them are going to have some sort of tour with volunteers from the church, whether it’s a self-guided tour,” Farmer says. “Some of the churches will have volunteers available to answer any questions, members of the congregation itself. Some of them are going to do a more formal presentation, where they’ll have somebody from the altar who will actually speak. It just varies from church to church.”
“It’s a win-win for everyone. They get to open their doors to the community so [visitors] can appreciate how beautiful they are this time of year, both inside and out,” she says. “Plus it helps raise money for Interfaith Outreach and our programs that help people in need in Central Virginia.
“Lynchburg has a strong history of the faith community coming together to help people in need and this is just another example of it.”
Interfaith Outreach Association is a non profit located in Lynchburg, Virginia that has been helping families in need in Central Virginia since 1982. IOA offers assistance through six programs: Emergency Assistance, Emergency Heating Assistance for Elderly, Furniture and Furnishings, Progressive Release, Vision Programming, and Interfaith Rebuilds.