Mossingford celebrates 152nd anniversary

Published 10:35 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Mossingford Baptist Church in Saxe celebrated its 152nd anniversary on Sunday at 3 p.m.  According to a press release, the Rev. John Craighead, pastor of the church, presided during the special occasion.

“This celebration began with invocation by the pastor, (the) Rev. (John) Craighead, then a hymn from the Galilee and Mossingford Baptist church choirs. Minister William Daniel read the scripture and the Rev. Dorothy Reid prayed the opening prayer. Deacon Royal Freeman gave the welcome.”

“Mary Haskins read the church’s history. The Mossingford Baptist church was given to the Negroes around 1865 by Mrs. Bessie Gaines,” officials said in the release. “The building she gave became inadequate, and around 1890, a new frame church was built. This building lasted for 90 years before becoming unrepairable. The present church was built between 1978-1980 under the leadership of the late Rev. Joseph Taylor. In January of 1980, the Rev. Taylor led the congregation into their new church. The Rev. John Craighead is the 10th pastor to serve this church’s congregation.”

Craighead made several presentations with plaques to members who have been faithful to the church in their duties and financial obligations.

According to the release, Marie Freeman received a plaque for being “such a faithful member and serving as an usher for a number of years; Ms. Mary Haskins, church clerk, for being very dutiful in her church’s responsibilities and obligations; Deacon Al Brogdon, a faithful deacon and steward of the church; Mr. George Daniel, (who) served as an usher and helped where ever needed in the church; and Deacon Royal Freeman, also a faithful servant of the church. Deacon Douglas Randolph, a good friend, was also recognized with a plaque for his contributions to this church.”

The Rev. James Lindsey, pastor of the Galilee Baptist church, preached the anniversary message. “Various inspirational selections were rendered by the choir.”