Last Saturday June 25th, the Congdon Street Baptist Church Got Jesus? Outreach Ministry held its first community event at the Billy Taylor Park on the East Side of Providence. It may have been a sweltering Saturday afternoon, but people defied the heat to listen to contemporary gospel music, play basketball, enjoy free food and drinks, and learn more about the various ministries of the church. Donna Huntley-Newby of the RI Black Nurses Association provided free blood pressure screenings.
The purpose of the Got Jesus? Ministry is to evangelize to the surrounding Mt. Hope community. Outreach committee co-chairpersons Deacon Dennis Price and Mariadaluz Fortes explain that the outreach days are a way for the ministry team to learn the needs of the community including financial, housing, education and spiritual in a casual setting. The mission of the Got Jesus? Ministry is to eventually help address community needs. When asked why they chose to be a part of this ministry, each said that they have a personal connection to the Mt. Hope area from having lived in the area and have been led by the Holy Spirit to give back to the community in this way. Price who has since moved away from the area adds that this is also a way for him reconnect and know the community as it is today.
Two more Got Jesus? Outreach Ministry days will be held on July 30 and August 27, 2005 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Billy Taylor Park on the corner of Camp and Cypress Streets. Additionally, the Congdon St. Baptist Church Menís Fellowship has formed the Stinson Fowler Community Forum where their main interest is building up community. The first meeting held in May addressed personal budgeting and financial matters. The second forum will address the subject of housing. Both ministries bring people together and nurture the minds and souls of those in our community.
The Rev. Dr. David D. Mitchell is the pastor of the Congdon Street Baptist Church. The church is located at 17 Congdon Street in Providence. For more information call (401) 421-4032.