BALTIMORE — After an electrical fire destroyed New Bethlehem Baptist Church over two years ago, their doors are opening once again.
In September 2016, the local Baptist church suffered a devastating lost after an electrical fire caused significant damage to the building. Since then, members of the church have gathered for Sunday worship at the Gilmore Elementary School and the Morning Star Baptist Church Community Outreach Center.
In August 2017 the church finally broke ground on their new building and now they are set to officially be back on March 30. The community is set to gather for a parade, ribbon cutting, and community day on that Saturday, followed by a 71st church anniversary on Sunday.
To end the celebration, the church will then have a three-night Spring Ignite Conference from Tuesday, April 2 through Thursday, April 4. Dr. Charles E. Goodman from Augusta, GA is set to preach Tuesday night, and Dr. William H. Curtis from Pittsburgh, PA will preach Wednesday and Thursday night. During the celebration, New Bethlehem will also have guest appearances and artists, including Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Sr., Bishop Dwayne Dehnam, Bishop-Designate Shawn L. Bell, Pastor Tyrone M. Thomas, and Bishop C. Guy Robinson.
Dr. Weah, Senior Pastor, says, “This experience revealed the true meaning of the community. Organizations, churches, and people in the community embraced our congregation in ways we could have never imagined. We are indeed grateful for their support.”