Some people may think of bicycles simply as modes of transportation with two wheels, a seat and handle bars. Others recognize them as valuable resources for health and fitness. Many good causes recognize them as fundraising tools. To all these, McFarland UCC adds a yet another meaning: ministry.
The church will offer a Blessing of the Bikes during July 27 worship, for riders and volunteers participating in ACT12, a four-day, 300-mile bike ride to support the AIDS Network.
"Riders and volunteers aren't just fundraising. This is a ministry!
They're embodying God's realm among us."
- Rev. Kerri Parker, Pastor, McFarland UCC
McFarland UCC's ministry recognizes that many milestones and significant life experiences are spiritual events. The congregation regularly offers blessings in its worship service. In the recent past, the congregation has also blessed relationships, high school and college graduates, care packages for soldiers, scarves for runners in the Boston Marathon, and even pets. Milestone ministries are offered on request, to help give a faith context to life transitions.
Participants are welcome to bring bikes, helmets, and/or other gear, and wear jerseys from past rides. Equipment may be brought to the front of the sanctuary. Worship begins at 10 am; if you're bringing a bike, we recommend that you arrive by about 9:45 to allow time to get equipment set up.
About the ACT Ride: For more information about the ACT Ride, visit www.actride.org.
McFarland UCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We have been proud to support the ACT Ride over the years by lending riders & crew, serving dinner, hosting pit stops, and donating proceeds from our Sundaes on Thursdays concert series.