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Palm Sunday Parade 2024

Mar 25, 2024

Jay Burkhardt

Circle Center was founded nearly 50 years ago by the Stuart Circle Parish Council, an ecumenical partnership among five neighboring churches. We were honored to participate in their 29th Annual Palm Sunday service and parade.  

On Sunday, March 24th, 2024, 300+ congregants gathered at First English Lutheran Church at 1603 Monument Avenue and led a procession around Stuart Circle and up West Franklin Street in honor of Palm Sunday. This 29th annual Palm Sunday tradition included a brass band, donkey, and multiple choirs from these churches: First English Lutheran Church, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. James’s Episcopal Church, and Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. All members of the public were invited to participate in the liturgy and procession.

The hosting churches are part of an ecumenical group called the Stuart Circle Parish Council. Proximity, and a belief that they could do more for the community collectively, brought these five churches together to form Stuart Circle Parish Council. Since its founding in 1969, the Council has provided a Sunday noon feeding program, founded Stuart Circle Center in 1976, now Circle Center Adult Day Services that serves over 100 older adults each year, and sponsored a campus ministry. Most recently, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and The Pace Center have joined the Council.

“We look forward to every opportunity to come together as a larger faith community to bring God’s hope and healing to our neighbors,” said Nancy Warman, chairperson of the Stuart Circle Parish Council. “The Palm Sunday Parade is a special opportunity for our congregants and the community-at-large.”

Members and guests from all five churches met outside First English Lutheran Church at 1603 Monument Avenue for the liturgy and parade. From there, the procession followed a route past Grace Covenant Presbyterian, then to St. John’s United Church of Christ, then on to St. James’s Episcopal Church, ending at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at 823 Cathedral Place.

“I’m honored to be part of this worship service and parade. Circle Center would not be where it is today had it not been for the firm foundation on which the Stuart Circle Parish Council provided nearly 50 years ago and the help they continue to provide today,” remarked Heather Turbyne-Pollard, CEO, Circle Center.

For more information about Stuart Circle Parish Council, contact Nancy Warman, Stuart Circle Parish Council Chairperson & Director of Crisis Ministry at St. James’s Episcopal Church at 804-873-4083 or nwarman@doers.org.

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