Joint Worship Service with Springfield Baptist Church
In 2016, the congregations of Springfield Baptist Church and First Baptist Greenville gathered for a Black History Month celebration dinner. During the course of the evening, each church recounted our common history through the unique perspectives of each congregation. Springfield Baptist presented a beautifully staged play to illustrate their memory of the exodus of their congregation from the fold of First Baptist and their subsequent establishment as an independent church. Glen Clayton, serving as church historian at the time, presented the written record of First Baptist. Each memory affirmed that following the separation, our respective churches grew strong as the decades rolled by.
In the later years of this story, Dr. John Corbitt contacted Dr. Hardy Clemons and suggested the congregations celebrate their shared heritage with an annual worship service. The offer was accepted and a renewed relationship began. It was Dr. John Corbitt’s familiar voice on the other side of the telephone when I answered weeks ago.
Dr. Corbitt and I met with church leaders to plan this year’s joint worship service. It will be held at Springfield Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, February 23, at 5:00pm. The worship service will highlight the music of both churches’ choirs and will end with a celebration of communion. Following the service, Springfield Baptist will host a repast for us in their Fellowship Hall. I encourage you and your family to attend…as we continue to write our histories together.
—Jim

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