PRLog (Press Release)
Philadelphia Annual Conference 2012 copright Mother Bethel AME Church All Rights
- May 15, 2012 -
THE PASTORS AND MEMBERS FROM MORE THAN EIGHTY CHURCHES IN EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA WILL GATHER in Philadelphia next week, May 23-May 27, for the “196th Session of the Philadelphia Annual Conference: Reach, Reclaim, Engage, Empower.” The meeting is held by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, presiding Bishop over the First Episcopal District of the AME Church, and hosted by Mother Bethel AME Church located at 419 South 6th Street in Philadelphia. More than 5,000 people from the Philadelphia area to as far west as Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, are expected to “pass through” the church located in Society Hill at the corner of South 6th and Lombard Streets. The historic church, founded by Bishop Richard Allen in 1787, has been making preparations to accommodate its guests for more than a year. The schedule at-a-glance can be found on the church's website http://www.motherbethel.org
. Click on the Annual Conference logo in the upper right hand corner of the "church" page. All evening worship services start around 7pm and are free and open to the public. “Hosting the Annual Conference is an exciting time for our church,” says Rev. Mark Tyler, Mother Bethel’s 52nd Pastor. “This year, however, will be bittersweet as it marks the end of an era for Bishop and Mother Norris as they close out their eight years at the helm here in the First Episcopal District.” Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, from Philadelphia and the 50th Pastor of Mother Bethel AME and former Pastor of St. Matthew AME in West Philadelphia, was elected Bishop in 2000. He has served for the past eight years in the First Episcopal District which includes Eastern Pennsylvania, and the entire states of New Jersey, Delaware, New York, The New England States, and Bermuda. At the General Conference in Nashville in June, Bishop Norris will be moved to another district and the First Episcopal District will learn who its new Bishop will be.
Overflow parking accommodations will be available for all visitors and vending will be open to the public in an outdoor area dubbed “Blacksmith Village” in honor of Mother Bethel’s first building in 1794.
For more information about the 196th Session of the Philadelphia Annual Conference contact Mother Bethel at (215) 925-0616 or go to www.motherbethel.org and click on the conference logo in the upper right hand corner.
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