SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Gospel singers in brilliant fuchsia robes belted out “Go Inform It On the Mountain,” a video from late Glide Memorial Church cofounder Janice Mirikitani aired and 1000’s of individuals loved fellowship and a free meal at Glide’s annual Christmas Day occasion Saturday.
The occasion started with the church’s digital celebration livestreamed on Fb at 10 a.m., adopted by in-person Christmas meals sponsored by the Glide Basis. Ham, turkey and all of the fixings had been served in tents outdoors the church on Ellis Road in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood as a COVID-19 precaution. The occasion has been held yearly because the mid-Eighties.
This 12 months’s vacation season is the primary for the muse because the passing of founder Janice Mirikitani, who died in July. Mirikitani based the group and Glide Memorial Church alongside together with her husband, the Rev. Cecil Williams.
“(COVID-19) has introduced us nearer collectively,” stated Glide Minister of Celebration Marvin Ok. White through the on-line celebration. “This room is stuffed with so many ancestors, a lot love.”
The minister urged the web and in-person viewers to “take into consideration what the unconventional which means of Christmas is to you.” Vast areas between the folks within the church’s pews seen within the video attested to the care taken by the church to make sure social distancing.
In the course of the digital occasion, the Glide Ensemble gospel choir sang vacation and gospel requirements together with “Silent Evening” and “Joyful Joyful.” The choir carried out earlier than a backdrop of images of Mirikitani, and a video she recorded earlier than her dying was a part of the web presentation.
Meals was served after the celebration.
Glide Memorial Church opened within the metropolis within the Nineteen Sixties. The church supplies social providers and free meals to homeless and low-income folks within the Bay Space.
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