Palm Sunday marks the triumphal Sunday when Christ rode into Jerusalem as King and Victor, and it was a triumphal Sunday for two congregations in Meridian.
It took five years and a leap of faith, but now the congregation of the Faith Baptist Church, formerly the State Blvd. Baptist Church, is worshiping in their new facility. On Palm Sunday they held a dedication service.
"We want to change the world for Christ, and this building is a tool to do that," said Faith Pastor Kevin Jones.
Pastor Jones says the building will allow the congregation to grow and reach their community on a totally different level. At a price tag of over $4 million, Jones says the building serves as an example of the amazing work the body of Christ can do. But their move to their new home has another impact.
"God has called us to impact not only our community where we are today for Christ, but it’s also a way for us to help another local church impact our Kingdom of God in our city and our county for Christ," said Jones.
Across town the El Bethal Missionary Baptist Church now has a new home as well. Pastor Van. C. Williams says the congregation moved roughly a mile and the new church facility was ideal for its members, but it’s the way that opportunity presented itself that Pastor Williams says was the real blessing.
"Initially we were looking to build but the Lord blessed us and let us know that this facility was available, and it was the hand of God that everything fell into place," said Pastor Williams.
Pastor Williams says it was through tithes and giving that the congregation could make the move, and their new home should be paid for in the next five to seven years. Williams says the new church home is truly a sign of God’s grace.
"We know that it was Gods will for us to be here," said Williams.
El Bethal will dedicate their new building April 30.