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Bethel Presbyterian Church was officially organized as a Chapel on November 23,1884 although its little group of founders had been meeting for worship service as early as 1880. The concept of Bethel Church was started in the home of the late Mrs. Lucretia Johnson.
Our previous Pastor, Minister Jonathan Williams, recently died from Covid-19. Since his death, we continue to to stay on the path of righteousness with our on line ministry. Bethel Presbyterian Church is very much alive, and on December 13, 2020, we celebrated our anniversary of 138 years.
At the end of each month, we have a birthday party for all the members with birthdays in that month.
Our Church had an excellent trip to go see Aurelia, a daughter of one of our members, perform as Asaka in the Broadway Musical called Once on this Island. It was an excellent performance and a must-see. All of the actors and actresses were simply phenomenal!
Congratulations to all of the members of the production Once On This Island for your Tony nomination!
Our 138th Anniversary Program was held on December 13th, 2020 and everything about it was fantastic and was attended by about 40 people through zoom. Our speaker was the Honorable Rev. Bernadette Glover, who delivered a wonderful and spiritually uplifting sermon that, was enjoyed by all. She is the Senior Pastor , of St. Paul Baptist church in Montclair, NJ. Vocalists on the program were Hernel Braham, Aurelia and Ambe Williams. A moment was set aside to honor our fallen hero and long time member, Tyree Jones. Other members who were on the program were Jeffery Wright, John Hawks, Babatunde Ayroinde, and Jeanique Hawks. Judith Horne-Johnson contributed a beautiful and original, well-written poem, called "FOWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER" which she dedicated to Bethel. We praise God for his guidance in the development of this special anniversary Program.
- Charlotte Wright and Fredrica Williams (Co-chairs)