— Seeks anew to be bridge builders
The senior pastor of the Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., has announced the calendar of events leading to the celebration of church’s bicentennial (200 years) anniversary in both ministry and leadership. It was built in 1821.
The anniversary, which kicks off today, Wednesday, February 10 to Sunday, March 28, 2021, will be held under the theme, “Bridge to Providence.”
Focusing on the anniversary theme, Rev. Dr. Reeves urged the nation and the Diaspora to celebrate with them God’s faithfulness to Providence Baptist Church for 200 years. Providence Baptist Church was founded in 1821 by Lott Carey, a descendant of African slave who became Minister of the Gospel and came along with the settlers from the United States.
“God calls the church to peace, love, and unity. With that in mind, let us give thanks, commemorate and together build the Bridge to Providence, adding, “As we celebrate, we will seek anew to be bridge builders—people to God and people to each other, locally and globally,” he stated.
In recognition of the celebration, Rev. Dr. Reeves also indicated that this year’s celebration will be carried out in four quarters but today, February 10, “We will highlight the first quarter which runs from February 14 to March 28, 2021.”
Rev. Dr. Reeves said beginning Sunday, February 14; a Divine Worship Service will be held to give God the glory for 200 years of leadership and Ministry.
This will be followed by a youth lead spoken word event, themed: “Bridge of Love” slated for Friday, February 19, and on Saturday, February 20, they will start the day with a grand parade to be followed by a fund day jamboree, featuring good food, games for everyone, and excellent exhibitors in partnership with Made in Liberia.
Speaking to reporters, the senior pastor of the Providence Baptist Church said it is important as believers to retrospect and learn from history as a church and country. He also announced a historical symposium to be held on March 20, adding, “And starting March we will be hosting historical tours led by our college and young adults.”
The tour, Rev. Dr. Reeves said, will be going on throughout the year. These historical events seek to enlighten Liberians and the Diaspora about the formation of Providence and its contribution and connections towards the founding of Liberia.
“As we climax this quarter, a National Thanksgiving Service involving the three branches of Government will take place on March 28, 2021, here on Providence Hill. During this, he said, a special remark will be made by President George M. Weah. Rev. Dr. Reeves recalled that President Weah has very instrumental in support of this celebration,” he affirmed.
He further narrated that history told them that it was on this hill that Liberia emerged strong, rich, and free. Without a state house or any public building at the time, Liberia’s independence was signed in the Providence Baptist Church, a historical event that has built the public perception that the country was founded on “Christian Principles.”
“Our greatest faith is that Liberia shall always rise to its ideals because it’s our strong belief that as the church rises, Liberia will grow and flow,” Rev. Dr. Reeves asserted.
He recalled that since 1821, Providence has stood the test of time to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Dr. Reeves cautioned, “Our current vision is to transform lives and renew communities intentionally and radically, still lifting Jesus up in all that we do. Through our history, and in living out this vision, we have become and pray to remain the conscience of the nation. We have met the spiritual and physical needs of the vulnerable across Liberia. We have promoted love, joy, holiness, and neighborliness and we have held that Christian faith keeps a nation on the straight and narrow road.”
“As senior pastor, and a member of the anniversary committee chaired by Mother Eva Mae Mappy Morgan, we call on all Liberians to join us as we celebrate 200 years of ministry and leadership,” he emphasized.