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Jackson’s Forest Avenue Church celebrates 50th year of servicecomment (0)

October 16, 2008


When it started as a mission 50 years ago, Forest Avenue Baptist Church, Jackson, had a tent for a meeting place and 107 charter members.

By its golden anniversary in August, the Clarke Baptist Association church had a permanent building and a membership of 326.

As a way of celebrating the milestone, the church hosted guest speakers — two former pastors and two former members who became ordained ministers — in the Sunday morning and evening services Aug. 24 and 31.

“We had great services and overall, it was a tremendous uplift,” said Don Rushing, the current pastor of Forest Avenue Baptist.

The church began as a mission of First Baptist Church, Jackson, in Clarke Association Aug. 24, 1958. The same day, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for an educational building to house activities until a sanctuary could be constructed.

In the years that followed, Forest Avenue paid off the debt for the educational building and constructed a pastorium and a sanctuary, which was dedicated May 25, 1976.

Walter Brooks has been at the church since its beginning and eagerly looks forward to its future.

“We hope and pray the church will continue to grow, people will be won to the Lord and people go into the missions field,” said Brooks, who was one of the five original deacons.

While the future was on his mind, Linda Jackson, a member of the anniversary committee, had the past on hers. She has been a church member for 26 years and seen both of her children come to the Lord there.

“It has been a privilege to serve Forest Avenue,” Jackson said. (TAB)

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