Walk with God

Adapts Its Format

Sunday, September 21st

           What is Vital Preaching?  This year’s “Walk with God” hopes to answer that question. “Walk with God” will be changing its usual format due to the Essex National Heritage Initiative taking place the weekends of September 19-21 and September 26-28.  The Initiative highlights historic, cultural, and natural sites for the “Trails and Sails Event”.  34 cities and towns of Boston’s North Shore are participating this year, providing guided walks, sails, and historical tours.

Old South Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts was chosen for our “Walk with God” this year to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Rev. George Whitefield on December 16 in Gloucester, England.  Rev. Mr. Whitefield was the most vital and influential preacher in America, establishing the Methodist faith.  He is buried in the Presbyterian, Old South Church on Federal Street. [We will explain!]

We will be joining The Covent Church of Naples, Florida at 2:00 p.m. at the Newburyport Old South Church for the first part of our journey.  We will be given an overview of Rev. George Whitefield’s life and visit the crypt where he and two other ministers are buried.  While the guided tour is free due to Trails and Sails, there will be a booklet on sale for $5.00 about Rev. Mr. Whitefield that I would highly recommend purchasing.  Our host will be Rev. Rob John.

Following this portion of the tour, we will stop briefly at the birth home of William Lloyd Garrison, “The Great Liberator”, to mention the connection Manchester-by-the-Sea had with him, before moving to the last part of our day.  We will then gather outside a home to have Cameron Holley, “in the spirt of Rev. George Whitefield”, tell of the events that led to the death of Rev. Mr. Whitefield and to the events following his death that made Rev. George Whitefield even more vital!

Directions: Take Route 1A through Essex and Rowley and Newbury to Newburyport.  Federal Street is a right-hand turn of Route 1A, or High Street; the church is 4 blocks down.  The Church is at 29 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.  You may park free anywhere on Federal Street or on School Street, which runs to the side of the church. Handicapped access is from “Beck Street”.

From I-95, take Exit 57, Route 113 and follow Storey Avenue until it turns into High Street. At the corner of High and Federal, there will be a sign, with “the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) logo”.   Park on either Federal or School Streets; handicapped access is from their parking lot off “Beck Street”.

 I hope to see you at 2:00 p.m. Rev. John G. Hughes