A beloved Corinth tradition is going online this year as First United Methodist Church of Corinth hosts its annual Lenten series in a new format.

For four decades FUMC has celebrated the season of Lent with a series of luncheons and meditations featuring speakers from different faiths and churches throughout the city.

“In 2020, the series was interrupted by the pandemic, with only three of the six planned meals and meditations taking place. At that time, who would have thought that the 2021 Lenten series would also be at risk,” said Barbara Trapp, one of the organizers of the series.

The season of Lent marks the period from Ash Wednesday through the night before Easter Sunday and is a period of thoughtfulness and preparation in preparation for the observance of the miracle of Easter.

This year’s Lenten Meditations will begin this Wednesday, February 17, Ash Wednesday, as the Rev. Ginger Jones returns to her home church to deliver a message in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. The message will be recorded and made available via YouTube to the public.

Jones is a Corinth native and director of the Crossroads Prayer Retreat.

The series will continue for the next five Wednesdays with a different speaker each week. The schedule includes February 24 by the Reverend Kim Ratliff; March 3 by Gary Caveness, the executive director of the Lighthouse Foundation; March 10 by the Reverend Trey Lambert, pastor of Gaines Chapel Methodist Church,; March 17 by the Reverend Dennis Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church; and March 24 by the Reverend John Garrott, pastor of FUMC.

The messages may be viewed beginning each Wednesday on YouTube by searching First United Methodist Church Corinth and may also be found via the church’s website at fumc-corinth.org and clicking on the media/special events link.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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