There is a joy about the people of this parish, an excitement about God, a spirit of generosity, and a holy determination to do the best we can with what God has given us.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) March 22, 2016
Church of the Incarnation’s growing congregation, located in the heart of Uptown for more than 130 years, will celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday services in a new state-of-the-art contemporary worship space, welcome center and education facility. While Pew Research Center reports an approximate three percent population drop in Protestants since 2007, Church of the Incarnation has grown by more than 30 percent since 2009 creating a demand for more space for its growing congregation.
“Church of the Incarnation’s growth is a remarkable testament to what our church is doing in the Uptown community and that people want to be part of it,” explains Bishop Anthony Burton. “There is a joy about the people of this parish, an excitement about God, a spirit of generosity, and a holy determination to do the best we can with what God has given us. To that end, we have created a space that is welcoming to everyone and yet is inextricably bound with the liturgy of the ancient church. We have found that it is not only functional, but it also enables people to be in the right frame of mind to worship God when they enter the space which is important.”
The new addition includes four separate buildings designed by HH Architects, a firm that specializes in ecclesiastical architecture.
- Ascension Chapel: The chapel reflects the best of the Anglican liturgical and architectural tradition. It will seat up to 400, combining contemporary and traditional church design.
- The Welcome Center: Serves as the new entry to Church of the Incarnation and the hub of the campus’ activities. The space has an information desk, coffee lounge, and gift shop.
- Education Building: The three-story building is an extension of space on the church’s campus dedicated to adults, children, and student ministries. The new building provides a secured access entry point utilizing the latest technologies to ensure confidence in the safety of children for their parents.
- Community Outreach Center: Additionally, the church’s Mission & Outreach team will share a renovated building on the expanded campus with new nonprofit Incarnation House, an after-school program for at-risk youth in the Uptown area, which stemmed from a church program at North Dallas High School.
“For those in our area looking for a place to commemorate the holiest week of the Christian year, we invite you to come join us at our services. What God is doing at Incarnation is exceptional. At a time when churches in the Western world are in decline, it is obvious God has laid his hand upon this church. All are welcome here and we look forward to seeing you,” invites Bishop Burton.
For a complete listing of contemporary and traditional Holy Week services, visit: incarnation.org
Maundy Thursday, March 24
- 6:30 pm – Maundy Thursday Service History & Traditions (Education Building, Room 114)
- 7 pm – Choral Holy Communion (Church)
with foot washing & stripping of the altar
Good Friday, March 25
- 12 pm—Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday (Church)
- 5:30 pm –Good Friday Service History & Traditions (Education Building 114)
- 6 pm Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday (Church)
with veneration of the cross and Holy Communion from the pre-sanctified gifts
- 6 pm – Uptown Contemporary Good Friday Service (Ascension Chapel)
- 6 pm – Children’s Good Friday Liturgy * (Education Building, Room 29)
*For children in Kindergarten – 3rd grade. Children are to meet at 5:45 pm in Room 29.
Holy Saturday, March 26
- 7:30 pm – Easter Vigil Service History & Traditions (Education Building, Room 114)
- 8 pm – The Great Vigil Of Easter (Church)
Easter Sunday, March 27
- 7 am – Holy Communion With Hymns (Church)
- 9 am / 11: 15 am – Traditional Service (Church) and the Uptown Contemporary Service (Ascension Chapel)