BLACK ROCK – New Hope Baptist Church in Black Rock will celebrate 175 years of ministry with Heritage Week July 21-28.
Organized July 20, 1844, New Hope is the oldest continually existing church in Black River Association.
Brent Powell is pastor of New Hope Baptist.
“A church doesn’t arrive at its 175th anniversary by happenstance,” said Gerald Nash, former pastor of the church. “New Hope Baptist Church has stood as a lighthouse strong and true. This accomplishment comes from a Christ-centered vision of desiring to see the lost saved and believers grow in Christlikeness.”
The celebration will begin at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, July 21. Harold Russell, a former pastor of New Hope, will be the guest speaker during the church’s morning service. The church will host a movie night with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. that evening.
The church will host a ladies night out at the church starting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23.
A hayride and watermelon feast will begin at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24.
New Hope will host a block party, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 27. The block party will have bounce houses, sno-cones, popcorn, games, water balloons, sprinklers and train rides. A barbeque lunch will be served at noon. At 3 p.m., a service of sharing and singing will begin, followed by an ice cream social at 4:30 p.m.
The celebration will wrap up with Nash speaking during the morning service at 9:45 Sunday, July 28. A potluck will follow worship. An afternoon of sharing and singing will begin at 2 p.m., with Jerry Clements, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville, speaking.
“New Hope made an impact on my family, and I know many others who have benefited from ministries over the years,” said Nash. “May God continue to have His hand upon the church and keep her light shining bright as she leads others to Jesus.”
The public is invited to all events and is encouraged to wear fashions from a past decade.
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