Joyful evangelism at Birmingham Mercedes Marathon cheer stations (photos)

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South Highlands Presbyterian Church member supporting Mercedes Marathon runners, photo courtesy of South Highlands Presbyterian Church

Unique to Birmingham, every year runners at the Mercedes Marathon are greeted at several “cheer stations” by joyful ministers and parishioners from churches along the route. Yesterday, Bham Now collected a series of photos from South Highland Presbyterian Church, Independent Presbyterian Church and the Cathedral Church of Advent of our city’s own brand of Sunday morning race day evangelism.

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Hands On Birmingham Ignite Award winners inspire volunteerism and love of community

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Hands On Birmingham Ignite Awards

Last week, seven unsung, dedicated,“roll up your sleeves” community volunteers were honored with the Ignite Award for igniting action and accelerating change in their local communities. The inaugural event was hosted by Hands On Birmingham the volunteer initiative of United Way of Central Alabama.

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“Loving kindness” – Preparing for Christmas in Birmingham (a photo essay)

Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood

“Welcome!”

That was the response I received all day yesterday at churches throughout Birmingham as I walked up unannounced and asked to take pictures of the greenery, poinsettias, altars and creches.

Some folks were joyful, catching their second wind after a full day preparing their church for Christmas Eve. Others were focused at the task at hand, arranging flowers, the creche or the altar – but for a moment, they dropped everything and guided me.

ALL the churches I visited welcomed this stranger.  In the midst of volunteering or doing their job for the church, every person I met had this openness about them, loving -kindness… Christmas spirit.

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