A new “first” for me – riding my bike to church on Easter Sunday in South Beach

I’ve had many “firsts” in the last year since I moved to South Beach from Kennebunk, Maine and today did not disappoint. Now, for the record, I’m not much of a church person. Not that I have anything against it.  As a kid, my family attended the South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport and I have very fond memories of the services, traditions and friends I made there. But as an adult I have….drifted away from going to church.   But for some reason I was determined to go to church this year on Easter. I called the Miami Beach Community Church yesterday (it’s also a United Church of Christ church–the same as the one I attended in Maine) to confirm the times for service. But let’s not get carried away. Did I attend the 6:30am sunrise service on the beach….no. How about the 9am service? No. But I did get all dressed up and made it to the 10:45am service.  In typical South Beach fashion, I rode my bike.   And just so you don’t think I was alone, check out this photo of how people get to church in South Beach. That’s right, standing on her boyfriend’s electric scooter.  Yes, soooo South Beach……

  The service was packed to standing-room only. A wonderful sermon was delivered by the 36-year veteran minister and we heard some excellent hymns by their talented choir. And did I mention that this is the oldest church in the city of Miami Beach? It was built in 1921. When will I attend next? Hmmm…..