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Vincentís Calvary Church sees healing, marks 50 yearscomment (0)

January 6, 2011

Healing came to a community during the afternoon of Oct. 3 as Calvary Baptist Church, Vincent, celebrated its 50th anniversary.

That morning, about 250 people — quadruple the Shelby Baptist Association church’s normal attendance — gathered for the first part of the celebration. Former Pastor Winston Brooks spoke, and former Ministers of Music Carl and Ashley Williams provided music.

After lunch, the afternoon service began with the choir from First Baptist Church, Vincent — the church Calvary Baptist split from decades ago.

“I think that was very important to bridge the gap of all those years,” said Calvary’s Interim Pastor Wayne Lowe, who added that he works “hand in hand” with Darryl Wood, pastor of First, Vincent. “All the church pastors in Vincent work together well, and I’m really proud of that,” Lowe said.

Calvary itself split 10 years ago, and Lowe invited some of the members who left to come speak, which he said was a pleasant experience. Other former members shared memories from their days at the church. Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a plaque to commemorate its 50 years of service, as did Hugh Richardson Jr., director of missions for Shelby Association.

Lowe, who is encouraged by the growing number of young people attending Calvary, hopes the church will grow enough to be able to hire a full-time pastor. He is pleased that everyone seemed to enjoy the anniversary service and former members had fond memories of their time at Calvary to share. “That was the biggest thing to me, that everybody got along so well and were glad to see each other.”

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