HONESDALE — Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale will be the site of an historic event on Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m.
In the late 1700s, The Methodist movement started by brothers John and Charles Wesley spun off from the Church of England (the 'Mother Church' of the Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is the American branch).
Both Wesleys remained priests in the Church of England throughout their lives.
March 3 is considered in the Episcopal Church a date of commemorating the Wesley brothers as important saints of the Church.
The service that afternoon will be a festive service of Holy Communion as United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church move toward Full Communion at their next national conventions.
Full Communion is not a merger, but a recognition of the ministries and mission of each individual church. It particularly allows for the inter-change of ministers between the churches.
Pastor Robert Kazinski from Central UMC will be the guest preacher that afternoon; Father Edward Erb of Grace Church will preside at Communion with Pastors Marge Allgeier (White Mills United Methodist Church) and Kenneth Small (Bethany United Methodist Church) assisting at the Altar.
Janice Madole, organist of Central United Methodist Church, will provide the music.
A light soup supper will follow the service. A free-will offering will be donated to the Honesdale Area Ministerium. The service is open to the public.
A sign-up sheet will be at the church this weekend.