Last summer, Spanish speakers in Lawrence found their way to the offices of Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., looking for a Spanish-language Bible study.
“We didn’t (have one) at the time, though there are Spanish speakers in our church,” says church member Shannon Gorres. “We thought it would be a great thing to offer to a community that was looking for a place to gather.”
But Gorres thought more could be done. Gorres, who has degrees in theology and Latin American studies, wanted to go a step further: to have a Spanish-language service. The fruits of her effort will be on display at 2 p.m. Sunday with the first-ever “Reunión Libertad,” or “Freedom Service.”
“People are really excited and interested in another opportunity. Many people who are Spanish speakers in Lawrence go to Catholic Mass at St. John’s and really find a home there,” Gorres says. “And then there are other people who haven’t found a spiritual home yet, and they are interested in coming this Sunday to try it out and see if it is a good fit for them.”
The service will be tailored in more than just language, says Gorres, who will lead the service.
“It will be a combination. We’ll use a similar style that we use at our 11 p.m. contemporary service that fits within the theology of the United Church of Christ, but we’ll be mixing it with more culturally appropriate elements to create a comfortable service for Spanish speakers,” Gorres says.