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Church marks 175th anniversary

Special event planned today

POSTED: October 7, 2012 12:30 a.m.
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Concord Baptist, a church in north Forsyth, celebrates its 175 anniversary today.

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A north Forsyth church will celebrate a major milestone during a special ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. today.

Concord Baptist Church, 6905 Concord Road, will celebrate its 175th anniversary during a service titled “A Walk Through Time.”

Janice Thomas, one of the event organizers, said it will be held in conjunction with the annual Old Timers’ Day.

“This is a special celebration for the anniversary, but we always hold Old Timers’ Day,” she said.

During that event, church members dress in old-fashioned clothes and sing hymns from times gone by.

“You’ll see a few old cars around and everybody dressing in old timey clothes, overalls, bonnets. My wife even has buttoned shoes,” said church member Robert Hansard. “It’s stuff like that and it’s real interesting.”

Thomas said the anniversary event will feature a re-enactment of the church’s founding in 1837.

She explained that the first pastor, Alfred Webb, decided to hold services under a tree on the property, which was purchased by the first congregation for $5.

“And they had a hard time getting that $5,” Thomas said. “Contributions were from 25 cents down to one penny. It took them a couple of years to raise that money.”

The first permanent church structure was built in 1905. It featured a bell, which today sits in front of the church.

The second structure was built in 1946 and is still on the property. The current building was built in 1992.

Thomas said Concord has a membership of more than 950 people.

“It’s grown a lot since the first days,” she said. “Our first pastor came here with three other men and their families.”

She said that members believe the church’s longevity gives it strength.

“We kind of describe ourselves like an oak tree,” she said. “The roots are real strong and we are swayed by wars and we’re swayed by troubles and trials, but still we’re strong and can stand because the roots are so strong and have been here so long."

 

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