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New Hope Baptist plans homecoming, revival

Homecoming will be at New Hope Memorial Baptist Church in Shacklefords on August 23 in celebration of the church’s 80th anniversary.

The morning worship service at 11 a.m. will begin the revival, conducted by Rev. Edward Harrow. Lunch will follow this service. Services will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening.

New Hope Memorial Church was established in 1929 as an interdenominational church, having previously been a part of New Hope Methodist Church, which at that time moved to Route 33. At that time, the church was referred to as Clancie Church. The families of the newly-formed church worked together to construct the new church building. There is no record of the exact date of completion.

Former pastors were Rev. E.J. Moffitt, Rev. Harry Michael, Rev. Byrd Puffenbarger, Rev. Earl Spring, Rev. Bland Taylor, Rev. James Todd, Rev. Ellis, Rev. Mike Kelley, Rev. John Johnson and Rev. George Daniel. The present pastor is Rev. John Brewster. The church became a part of the Baptist denomination in 1972.

The building has undergone many changes over the years, both inside and out. What started as one large sanctuary has grown to include Sunday school rooms, fellowship hall, kitchen, pastor’s study and, most recently, a vestibule. Within the past year, stained glass windows have been added to the vestibule.

Each Sunday, Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 11 a.m. On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., there are Bible study and choir practice. The Women’s Missionary Union meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

“Our church has a rich history, each member and person attending over the years being an important part of that history. You are invited to join us and become a part of our history,” said a church spokesperson.

posted 08.10.2009

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