Interfaith Thanksgiving

More than 100 people of all faiths attended last year’s interfaith Thanksgiving service at New Ark United Church of Christ. This year’s service will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

The annual Newark Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held virtually this year due to the pandemic.

The service began in 1989 and usually rotates between different churches in the area each year. Last year’s drew more than 100 people to New Ark United Church of Christ to hear messages of unity from faith leaders of many religions and denominations.

However, with an in-person event not possible this year, the service will be streamed online starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at calvarybaptistnewark.online.church.

Meanwhile, another Thanksgiving tradition, the Newark Parks and Recreation Department's community breakfast, has been canceled.

The breakfast, which for years has drawn more than 100 people to the George Wilson Center for a pancake meal on Thanksgiving morning, was not possible due to social distancing requirements.

Officials had planned to replace it with a drive-thru event offering coffee, donuts and fruit, but that was canceled Friday because not enough people signed up.

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