Silverdale churches combine for Whaling Days Saturday service

Two churches are joining to provide a little Whaling Days for the soul.

The three-day hoopla surrounding the annual festival has displaced Spirit Song Ministry from its Byron Street meeting place in the heart of Old Town across from the Silverdale Library.

The congregation will worship with the Anchor of Hope Church at its two-year-old facility at 10625 Ridgetop Blvd. N.W.

The service begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Pastor Dave Snapper of Anchor of Hope Church said the occasion allows the bringing together of musical and teaching gifts.

“We like to get involved with other churches,” said Pastor Larry Hernandez of Spirit Song Ministry.

He said the service will be musical, praise-filled and casual. No necktie needed here. The laid-back service will also have ice cream.

Snapper said the entire service will be up-beat.

This is the first Whaling Days during which the two churches will have a combined service, but it is not the first time they have worked together.

Anchor of Hope Church used to own the Living Word Worship Center where Spirit Song currently meets. Snapper knows all too well the pitfalls when it comes to holding a service during Whaling Days. He describes trying to reach his congregation as racing boats roar by.

A short move up the hill to the Ridgetop Boulevard and Hillsboro Drive church should change the atmosphere to more resemble a church service, Snapper said.

The service should last about 90 minutes.

He encourages people who want to avoid the crowds and heat to stop in to share in the music and ideas.

Anchor of Hope will have its regular service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

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