Celebrating 50 Years of Service to San Francisco
San Francisco Night Ministry 50th Anniversary Grand Festivities
A festive and innovative Commemoration Service of Thanksgiving will feature author Anne Lamott as guest speaker. Choral ensemble Volti will offer musical accompaniment and the interpretive dance group Wing It will fill Grace Cathedral expressing gratitude for 50 years of this unique ministry. Join the celebration.
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral Reception and book signing in Gresham Hall to follow
Cost: Free will offering
For 50 years, the San Francisco Night Ministry has shone as a beacon of light in the darkness of the night for the people of San Francisco and beyond, bringing compassionate presence, crisis intervention, counseling, referrals, and pastoral care. Ordained ministers walk the streets and trained Crisis Line Counselors listen on the phone in a unique mission, helping anyone in any kind of distress, anxiety or difficulty from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every night of the year. They have never missed a single night in 50 years. The ministry also sponsors two unique Open Cathedrals, offering a service of Eucharist and presence at the Civic Center and in the Mission each week.
50th Anniversary Banquet – Sunday, November 16 - 7:00 p.m.
A fun-filled evening of reminiscences, civic tributes, and gratitude
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Delancey Street Restaurant, 600 Embarcadero at Brannan St., San Francisco
Deadline: November 1
The Night Ministry's 50th Anniversary celebration at Grace Cathedral will be unique. Some details:
Author Anne Lamott will speak to the three themes structuring the program: Chaos, Night Shift, and Dawn. To symbolize the Night Ministry's motto, "Lighten the darkness, rekindle the hope," everyone will sing "This Little Light of Mine" and turn on mini flashlights that they will receive.
At the banquet at Delancey Street at 7:00 p.m., proclamations and good wishes will be shared from State Sen. Mark Leno, and Gavin Newsom. Mayor Ed Lee may join us in person to present his proclamation of Night Ministry Day in San Francisco.