Letter: Bobbie Wilkinson, Hamilton

Editor: Are you looking for a new church home? With Christmas almost here, do you have a church you’re looking forward to attending on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

When it comes to my faith, which is very important to me, I want a church with no strings attached … no barriers between God and myself … no discrimination on the basis of race, gender, etc. … a truly inclusive church that is welcoming to everyone

I have found all that and more at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church. When I walked into my first service, Father Daniel Velez-Rivera immediately made me feel like family. I was overwhelmed with everyone’s friendliness and with Father Daniel’s spontaneity and humor, even during the liturgy. Having been raised Catholic, the Episcopal liturgy, which is very similar, was therefore familiar to me. The main difference was that at communion time, Father Daniel announced that since the communion table belonged to Jesus — not to him or to any of us—everyone was invited to participate. How refreshing those words were to my ears.

On Christmas Eve, St. Gabriel’s is having a festive 5:45 p.m. family service at Belmont Ridge Middle School on the eastern edge of Leesburg. Music and singing will begin at 5 and promises to get everyone into the Christmas spirit! Come celebrate Christ’s birth with us. You’ll be joyfully welcomed just as you are, no matter where you are on your faith journey — or even if you haven’t started one yet. For further information and directions, go to saintgabriels.net.

Bobbie Wilkinson, Hamilton

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