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Community Worship Services Coming to Rockville

The services are scheduled for the Union Church.

A series of community, interdenominational worship services is coming to downtown Rockville.

JesusFest as a one-day festival will not be held in 2012, event Chairman Drew Crandall said on Wednesday. Instead, JesusFest organizers are planning several events in downtown Rockville throughout the year, including the two interdenominational, multi-ethnic community-wide services.

They will take place in the unique Union Church sanctuary on Elm Street, right off the town green. The church seats up to 600 people.

The services will be led by what Crandall described as "globally-known Christian praise and worship leaders, composers and singers."
 
On Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m., prolific Christian composer and singer Robin Mark from Belfast, Ireland, is scheduled  to lead a free community-wide worship service. His music has a distinctively Irish and Celtic feel to it, Crandall said.

His most popular original worship song is "Days of Elijah." In recent years, he has performed at the Tolland High School auditorium, First Cathedral in Bloomfield, First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, and Our Savior Lutheran Church in South Windsor. The August date will be Mark's first visit to downtown Rockville, Crandall said.

"Union Church looks like a church you'd see in Ireland and the British Isles, so I think Robin will feel very at home in this venue," Crandall said.

Mark's Web site is www.RobinMark.com.
 
On Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., composer, singer and keyboardist Rita Springer from North Carolina will lead a free community-wide worship service during downtown Rockville's annual WinterFest, Crandall said.

Preceding the service, weather permitting, a World War II vintage spotlight will beam light "straight up to heaven to illustrate the Light of God," Crandall said.

This will be Springer's first visit to Connecticut. Springer is best known for her Vineyard-style contemporary Christian worship music, Crandall said.

Her Web site is www.ritaspringer.com/.

Crandall said more events will be announced.

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