Churchgoers ditch pews for ‘Faith in Action’

When a few new people showed up Sunday to attend First Presbyterian Church services in Salt Lake City, Kathy Moore feared they might just turn around and go home once she told them about the plan for congregants to skip traditional religious services to work on a handful of community service projects.

“Instead, they said, ‘This is so awesome, can we help?’ ” she recalled.

And help they did, joining Moore and about 200 church members who fanned out across the city as part of the “Faith in Action” campaign that mirrored efforts held nationwide. The idea, longtime church pastor Mike Imperiale said, was to encourage church members to embrace their faith and serve others outside of the church.

“We’re going to worship by serving,” he said. “That’s what Jesus did. He was always looking for people in need.”

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