SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Gospel singers in vibrant 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 live-streamed on Fb at 10 a.m., adopted by in-person Christmas meals sponsored by the Glide Basis. Ham, turkey and all of the fixings have been served in tents exterior the church on Ellis Avenue in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood as a COVID-19 precaution. The occasion has been held yearly for the reason that mid-Nineteen Eighties.
This 12 months’s vacation season is the primary for the muse for the reason that passing of founder Janice Mirikitani, who died in July. Mirikitani based the group and Glide Memorial Church alongside along with her husband, the Rev. Cecil Williams.
“(COVID-19) has introduced us nearer collectively,” stated Glide Minister of Celebration Marvin Ok. White throughout 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 novel 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.
Through the digital occasion, the Glide Ensemble gospel choir sang vacation and gospel requirements together with “Silent Night time” and “Joyful Joyful.” The choir carried out earlier than a backdrop of photographs of Mirikitani and a video she recorded earlier than her loss of life was a part of the web presentation.
Meals was served after the celebration.
Glide Memorial Church opened within the metropolis within the Sixties. The church gives social providers and free meals to homeless and low-income folks within the Bay Space.
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