Sunday Baptist Church Service
The first time I attended the Morrison Heights Baptist Church was during the establishment’s annual Hospitality Day. This is a special Sunday set aside by the church members during which they welcome members of the Clinton community. My friend Caroline had invited me and my younger brothers for the special service hoping that we would become permanent members of the community church. My family and I had just moved into the Clinton neighborhood a few months prior and Caroline thought that becoming a member of the church would be a great way to fit in the community.
The event was held on 8 November 2015 and we were informed that we needed to be in the church grounds at least 15 minutes earlier than either of the Sunday morning services. Coming early was essential so that we could participate in the church’s first ever Monkey Bread Baking Contest. Members of the church set up tables where they displayed their amazing monkey breads to the rest of the congregation. The members of the congregation lined up at these tables to have a taste of the monkey breads being offered while the judges moved around tasting the delicacies and writing down scores for each monkey bread entry. To add to the Southern hospitality themed event, there was free music and even a live band playing at the Commons.
My younger brothers were very excited at the prospect of having the opportunity to taste all the monkey breads that were being showcased. They zigzagged across the church fields with their plates until they had their fill. On the other hand, Caroline and I decided to each have a cup of coffee and sit at one of the benches where we had full sight of my excited younger brothers. We also indulged in some delicious monkey bread that went very well with the cup of coffee. Everyone at the stand was so cheerful and welcoming and immediately I began to feel like I belonged here.
Due to my brothers’ enthusiasm, for the monkey bread, Caroline, and I opted to forego the 9.00 am worship service and instead wait for the 10.45 am service. I was a little disappointed that I did not get the chance to see the orchestra and the choir, which are usually the talk of the town on Sundays. However, I could still hear the choir’s beautiful singing and the orchestra’s melodic playing from outside which was a definite plus in my book. The music was so soulful, rich, and vibrant and everyone on the grounds seemed to sing along. It was as if we were part of the worship team inside the church even though we were gathered outside for the Monkey cake festival.
The 10.45 am service began and many of us streamed into the massive church. In all my years of attending church services, I have never felt more at home in such a massive building. It felt like there were no walls, just a group of people worshipping God in all sincerity and warmth. The interior of the building was magnificent and the fine artistry in its design was incredible.
The church’s mission statement was clearly visible from every corner of the church. The mission is ‘Proclaiming the greatness of God through Jesus Christ as the eternal hope of all peoples.’ This mission statement brought calm and peace of mind to my listless soul, which was constantly worried that I might not be able to fit in to this great congregation. The worship band was vibrant making us all dance and twist to the glory of God. The worship session was awe-inspiring and I felt more drawn to God and the people around me than I have ever felt before.