Quakers, Methodists, Presbyterians and Episcopalians in the Baltimore area have come together to plan a series of four Wednesday morning programs to acquaint the public with their shared -- and sometimes diverse -- Protestant traditions of faith, worship, architecture and music.
A meetinghouse and three churches on the free series of tours are all within an 11-block stretch of North Charles Street.
Lunch will be provided at a nominal cost, or for a donation, in connection with each of the ecumenical programs.
Reservations are necessary for some meals.
The series, "Saints or Sinners," will begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St., where organist Susan Gonzales will give a recital and talk about the church's new Holtkcamp organ. The instrument has 1,774 pipes, 30 ranks and 23 speaking stops.
L A guided tour of the church building is part of the program.
Lunch reservations and information: 377-7232.
The second event in the series will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., where the Rev. Emora T. Brannan, the senior pastor, will discuss the roots of American Methodism and the congregation's 127-year heritage of service to the community.
Bruce Eicher, the director of music, will accompany his discussion of Methodist hymns on the church's large M. P. Moller pipe organ.
Information and reservations: 433-6650.
An experience of a very different worship tradition will be provided at 11 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St.
Music is not part of the "unprogrammed" Quaker meeting, which will be explained.
Three centuries of the Friends' worship and influence in Maryland will be discussed.
Donations will be accepted for a simple lunch. Reservations are not required. Information: 435-3773.
The series will conclude with an 11 a.m. program Feb. 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where organist Henry Lowe will give a lecture, "Music in Our Liturgy," and present organ selections that demonstrate the use of music in Episcopal worship.
There will be a guided tour of the 1958 sanctuary designed by influential Italian-born architect Pietro Belluschi and the adjacent mid-19th century church that is now a chapel.
Lunch reservations and information: 435-4843.
Priests speaking Spanish, French, Italian and German -- as well as English -- will be available for confessions during more than 12 hours of continuous prayers and meditations tomorrow at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave., to prepare Catholic communicants for Sunday's visit to Baltimore by Pope John Paul II.
The daylong observance will begin at 8 a.m. with Morning Prayer, Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The vigil will conclude with Holy Hour and Benediction services starting at 7:30 p.m.
Events related to the papal visit are not the only Christian
celebrations Sunday in the Baltimore area. The Rev. Billy Kim, pastor of the 10,000-member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, South Korea, will be among the speakers at the World Missions Conference at Perry Hall Baptist Church, 3919 Schroeder Ave. Sunday's services will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Also Sunday, Kiel Smithson will be the soloist for the musical portion of an 11 a.m. service marking the second anniversary of the pastorate of the Rev. Bill Golden at First Church of the Brethren, 4500 Liberty Heights Ave. He was formerly associate minister of New Shiloh Baptist Church.
The Rev. Victoria R. Sirota, assistant professor of church music at Yale Divinity School, will address the Churchman's Club of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland at its 6 p.m. dinner meeting Wednesday at the Belvedere Hotel.
& Information: 298-5683.