Broad Bay service to focus on laughter, love

Jan 21, 2013
Elizabeth Meade will present at the Jan. 27 service.

Waldoboro — Elizabeth Meade, a young woman who knows the healing power of humor and laughter, will use tools of clowning to co-lead Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ Sunday, Jan. 27 service with Rev. Nancy Duncan.

The theme of the service, which begins at 10 a.m., is “Extravagant Welcome, Abundant Generosity, God’s Amazing Love.”

Meade, a Medomak Valley High School graduate, learned the power of clowning to bring joy into places of suffering from Dr. Patch Adams. In 2012, she went with Adams to spread joy in Costa Rica. Using a bi-directional (and anti-hierarchical) approach to caring, Meade helps to bring love close.

During the service, Meade will demonstrate the power of clowning to bring joy- filled love into places of suffering. Duncan, pastor of Broad Bay Church said in a a news release, “I am delighted to work with Elizabeth who uses humor to bring people close and demonstrate the love that passes all understanding.”

Meade believes it is her mission to share the abundant love and joy she’s been given and feels towards many, as well as her unique perspective on life. She was born at 22 1/2 weeks gestation, weighing 1.1 pounds — a miracle. Her life has been filled with blessings and obstacles that sometimes seem to go together. Among them are a life-long condition called cerebral palsy which affects her physical movement. At age 13, she experienced the sudden loss of her ability to walk, a condition that lasted three years. Through all of those times, though, she still found time to do one of the most important things — laugh.

All are welcome to join the folks at Broad Bay to worship God, who is present in laughter and tears. Carroll Smith is the organist. The church is at 941 Main St., near the Waldoboro Post Office. For more information, call 832-6898.

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