Published on December 24th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Saint John Baptist Church’s 18th Annual Hopeful Fellowship Evangelistic Outreach Ministry
Pictured Reverend Jamey O. Graham, Sr., pastor of Saint John Baptist Church, center and volunteers.
Saint John Baptist Church hosted its 18th Annual Hopeful Fellowship Evangelistic Outreach Ministry Program on Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24, 2015 at Saint John Baptist Church, located at 3404 West Beltline Boulevard in Columbia, SC. The event began at 9:00 am with holiday entertainment and a worship service followed by a fellowship meal beginning at 11:30 am. Over 800 individuals participated in this outreach ministry.
Saint John Baptist Church, Christ Central Ministries, Cleave’s Memorial CME, and Bible Way Church on Piedmont Avenue ministered to over 600 of the Midlands’ less fortunate. Other partners include the City of Columbia, the Gethsemane District YWA, Walmart, the Columbia Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the U.S. Marines, Toys for Tots, Moms 4 Moms Baby Pantry and Belk’s Charities.
Pictured Jamie Devine, Tameka Devine and Vince Ford
Individuals living at the Salvation Army, Oliver Gospel Mission, Christ Central Ministries, Midlands Transitional Center, community healthcare homes located in the Eau Claire community, recipients of referrals from the Cooperative Ministry Family Shelter, and the sick-and-shut-in, from each sponsor’s congregation, were served. The fellowship included representatives from all participating churches who ministered and provided words of encouragement along with inviting them to become a member of a church family. Also, this program provides an opportunity for youth volunteers to participate in service learning and outreach ministry.
Reverend Jamey O. Graham, Sr., pastor of Saint John Baptist Church, said: “With all the suffering and uncertainties in today’s society, the Church must be a beacon of hope and refuge for those in need.”
The Hopeful Fellowship Evangelistic Outreach Ministry Program was established in 1997 by Saint John Baptist Church. Over the years, the ministry has expanded from Saint John Baptist Church to include other churches. Additionally, the focus has extended beyond the worship service and fellowship dinner to include distribution of personal care packages, toys for children and workshops on community health and wellness.
For more general information, please contact Mrs. Wanda Turner, president of General Missionary Association at Saint John Baptist Church: (803) 413-9183 or Ms. Tangela Nichols: (803) 446-2022.
A. Michelle Daniels
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