BLACK ROCK – New Hope Baptist Church, Black Rock, hosted a homecoming and 170th anniversary celebration July 5-6. Activities on Saturday, July 5, included family games, a cookout, a patriotic musical titled “United We Stand” presented by the New Hope Baptist Church choir and reflections on the past. During the July 6 morning worship service, Angel Byrd, Arkansas Baptist State Convention church planting team member, shared special music and made a 170th anniversary presentation to New Hope Baptist Church, which is her home church.
Randy Williams, a former pastor of the church, gave the message. After a fellowship meal, a gospel singing and noteburning for the new sanctuary was held, along with more reflections.