On Sunday, January 19 we will worship with the congregation of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church (917 Onslow St.). Community leaders will join us for this annual celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our call to follow in the path of social justice in our current day. Morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. (note the earlier start time) and will be followed by lunch and discussion. No reservations are needed for the lunch.
Our guest preacher, Rev. Racquel Gill, is the Assistant Chaplain for Multicultural Community Engagement at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Her role includes work with the Multicultural Student Union, Spectrum, Student Volunteer Services as well as the support of interfaith students. “I like for people to feel like they belong,” Gill said. “Belonging matters to me. Inclusion matters to me. Community matters to me.”
Gill says that all students should feel like they belong, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. “Students should know that they have space here, that they have a place of belonging here, that they know that they’re not just tolerated, but they’re celebrated for who they are and that they should live in the fullness of who they are,” she said. Rev. Gill is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and worked with the School for Conversion while here in Durham. Following her time at Duke, she served as the pastor in residence at the St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Clinton this last year. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Gill into this service and look forward to the word she will bring to us.
All Ages Welcome!
We welcome all ages to attend the Martin Luther King Service at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church on January 19. There will be no Sunday School classes or Second Hour Ministry at WSBC that day.