GALLIPOLIS — Three, local Southern Baptist pastors recently meet to plan the upcoming joint Son-Rise service which has been a regular tradition for those involved.
Present churches include French City Baptist, Good News Baptist, and more recently Countryside Baptist. The joining of these three organizations began as a response to divisiveness between Good News and French City, the former having broken off from the later in the early 70’s.
“There has been enough animosity between churches around here, this is us trying to overcome those differences and help unite our churches together” explained Mark Williams, pastor at French City.
With an attitude to unite believers together despite past differences, Williams along with Eric Fannin (Good News) and Pat Miller (Countryside), said they seek to join together on Easter morning in celebration of the central tenant of the Christian faith; the death and resurrection of Jesus.
“It’s important for us to put aside our differences to join together for this, nothing else is as important” stated Fannin.
The service is 7 a.m., April 16 at French City Baptist, with the three churches involved, rotating duties of hosting, preaching, and music from year to year. Hosting and preparing the meal to follow the service, will be French City, located at 3554 State route 160 near Holzer Hospital. Preaching will be brought by Fannin, and music has yet to be determined.
“After the big split, it was really important for us to come together and remember that we are brothers and sisters in Christ,” Fannin said. “It’s our chance to join together to share the gospel with others, and this service reminds us of that unity.”
If anyone is interested in learning more about the Son-Rise service, contact Pastor Fannin at [email protected] or -Good News at 740-446-0188.