May 012014

A tour of eight churches of various denominations in Davenport will be part of the second annual “Altar Crawl” to be held May 4 from 1-5 p.m. The Hilltop Campus Village and PUNCH (People Uniting Neighbors and Churches) are sponsoring the event.

Churches participating include Bethel AME, First Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. John’s United Methodist, St. Paul Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

May is designated Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. According to the Hilltop Campus Village, “All of these churches are home to some of Dav­en­port’s earliest communities of faith, tracing their roots to the city’s beginnings.”

Six of the eight church structures are on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are no tickets required and the event is free and open to the public. Parking is in the church lots and surrounding streets.

Sacred Heart Cathedral will host a concert at 2:30 p.m. and will have guides available to give tours of the church.

“We are excited to be part of this year’s crawl,” said Sherry Leidahl of the parish. “We believe it is a great way for the community to come and see the cathedral and learn about its long history.”

A tour brochure with map and more information will be available at all locations or can be downloaded from the Hilltop Campus Village website

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