Religion Briefs for South Mississippi

Send religion-related events to or fax to 896-2104. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Anglo-Catholic Chapel of St. Benedict: Low Mass, Holy Communion and sermon on "Heaven," 10 a.m. May 8. Private confessions and absolution before Mass. Address: 1902 24th St., Gulfport. Details: 863-1388.

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church: Spring Revival, 7 p.m. May 9-13. Speaker: the Rev. Clarence Maston of Little Zion Baptist Church in Waveland. Address: 8251 34th Ave., Gulfport.

First United Methodist Church of Gulfport: Divorce, Grief and Recovery workshops, 7 p.m. beginning May 12 for ten weeks. Highlands Hiking Trip, May 27-June 1. Interest meeting for hiking trip, 5:30 p.m. May 1. Address: 2301 15th St., downtown Gulfport. Details: 863-0047.

First United Methodist Church of Long Beach: UMW bake sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7. Seventh Sunday of Easter, 8:30 and 11 a.m. May 8, main campus, Sanctuary Worship. The Well Service, 11 a.m., Fleming Auditorium at University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus. Sermon series, "Invert." Address: 208 Pine St. Details: 863-9619.

Greater St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church: Musician's Appreciation, 3 p.m. May 15. Guest choir: Smith Family and other local church choirs/soloists. Address: 551 Division St. Details: 297-0751.

Handsboro United Methodist Church: Celebration of Ascension Sunday and Mother's Day, 11 a.m. May 8. Address: 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Details: 896-7264.

Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church: Spring Revival, 7 p.m. May 9-13. Speaker: the Rev. Vernon Graves of Calvary Baptist Church in Laurel. Address: 1541 Pratt Ave. and 20th Street, Gulfport. Details: 864-2814.

Mississippi City United Methodist Church: Seventh Sunday of Easter, 10 a.m. May 8. Studying Acts 16: 16-34 and John 17:20-26. Address: 219 Courhouse Road, Gulfport. Details: 896-7626.

Morning Star Baptist Church: An Evening of Community Prayer, 5 p.m. May 1. Gospel Extravaganza -- A Night of Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m. May 6. Featuring Gospel recording artists, choirs and soloists. Address: 2050 Thornton Ave., Gulfport.

Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church: Women's Day with High Hopes Vision Board, 6:30 p.m. May 13 and Praise, Pound and Patience Challenge, 9 a.m. May 14 and Closing Service, 11 a.m. May 15. Speaker: Sister Debra Brown Shepherd of Birmingham. Theme: Living a Life Worthy of a Legacy. Details: 380-1121.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church: Drive Through Prayer, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21. Address: 14255 Rippy Road, Gulfport. Details: 863-2709.

St. Paul United Methodist Church: Ocean Springs Church Women meeting with fellowship and refreshments, 9 a.m. May 30. Speaker: the Rev. Andrew Ward speaking on the Child Evangelism Fellowship, an after school program for children. Business meeting, 11-11:30 a.m. Details: 601-301-6461.

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church: Religious Goods offered from Good Shepherd Showcase, May 7-8; Pastoral Council meet, 5 p.m. May 9; RCIA meet, 7 p.m. May 9; Quilters meet, 9 a.m. May 10; Lunchkins meet, 11:30 a.m. May 11; Confirmation Practice in the Church, 7 p.m. May 15; New Wine meet, 7 p.m. May 12; Adoration in the Chapel, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 13; Holy Land Gifts, May 14-15; Parish Breakfast hosted by Knights of Columbus, 8-11 a.m. May 15; and Baccalaureate Mass, 6 p.m. May 15. Address: 1720 E. Beach Blvd., Long Beach. Details: 863-1610.


Ninth annual God's Gulf Riders Motorcycle Hurricane Protection Prayer Ride: 8:15 a.m. May 7, meet at Beach Park in Pascagoula. Ride will end at St. Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis. Stops will be in Gautier, Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis/Waveland. Reflection and prayer of dismissal. Details: 217-1139 or 860-8057.