ANCHORAGE -

A Fairbanks church is planning a Holy Communion service spoken entirely in a Gwich'in dialect.

Thursday's service at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will be officiated by a deacon and reverends from Alaska and Canada. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports programs will be available so people can follow in English.

Gwich'in is an Athabascan language spoken in a number of communities in Alaska, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Allan Hayton, who helped organize the event, expects about 40 people to participate.

In 2003, a similar service performed entirely in Gwich'in was held. But a 10-year anniversary service was postponed last year because members from Canada weren't able to attend.