As the hurricane Matthew struck Georgia, there is nothing more essential than knowing, and we are hoping..that you are safely tucked in and slowly getting back on your feet. Though we struggle to cope up with the sudden moment of darkness, may we find strength in knowing that we are not facing this alone, we have each other and most importantly, we have our dear lord up there who is making sure that we will all make it through.
We are pleased to know that Savannah is one of the cities that houses numerous places of worship, especially in times like this. We have selected a few that you can go to whenever you wish to.
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St. Benedict the Moor Church
Known as the "beacon of light" of their community and as the oldest African-American Catholic church in the State of Georgia. It was started by two Benedictines, Rev Bergier and Rev Wissel, who devoted themselves to the spiritual interest of the African-American population. After a series of changes, it has been passed on twice, first to the Society of African Mission (the year 1907) and later on, to the Missionaries of St. Paul of Nigeria (mid-2000).
The church will be celebrating its 8th recognition anniversary on October 18, as one of the historic interest in the locale, that was awarded to them by the Georgia Historical Society due to their rich history.
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First Bryan Baptist Church
The site that it is situated to is known as the oldest parcel of real estate own continuously by black people in the United States.
The church has been instated and built by the diligence and hard work of the first 5 slaves who were converted, baptized and became the core of it. These slaves were George Liele, Andrew Bryan, his wife Hannah, Kate Hogg and Hagar Simpson.
Due to the growing number of worshippers, Rev. Thomas Burton and Rev. Abraham Marshall became interested in the group and later on baptized 45 converted and anoint Andrew Bryan to the ministry with full authority to preach and administer the church. From then on, it has gone through a huge progress, updates and development which make it the church that it is today.
It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places whereas tours of the church are available upon request.
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Independent Presbyterian Church
The story of this church is a true testimony that whatever comes in your way you will still be able to get up with your head held up high,so long as you will not lose the faith in fighting for it. It had been under fire, gone through a hurricane, eventually, it has become the mother church of Georgia Presbyterians.
From a simple one to a grandeur,the original building on the present site during its dedication on May 9, 1819, earned a recognition where the Columbian Museum and Savannah Daily Gazette wrote that “from grandeur of design and neatness of execution, we presume this church is not surpassed by any in the United States. It is seldom that we discover a scene more affecting and impressive than this solemn ceremony afforded; and in this city we never witnessed such an immense congregation, so large a portion of which was formed by female beauty.”
As a proud organization, they continue to increase its membership and attendance. Its pride includes some of the state bank notes, hand signed and dated, carried engravings of the Independent Presbyterian Church.
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St. John’s Episcopal Church in Savannah
Located across the historic Green Meldrim House, (now the church's parish house). It was consecrated in May 1853 and its Gothic revival style was designed by Calvin N. Otis, an architect form Buffalo, New York. From a two storey building, it has grown to have an addition of a third storey when it was renovated in 2004. Since 2010, St. John’s has received episcopal sacramental and liturgical ministry through Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) with the approbation of the Bishop of Georgia. Its whimsical chimes and stained-glass windows will ease your trouble and will give you the feeling of solemnity that you are aiming as you visit the church.
Nothing is impossible and cannot be achieved if we have a strong faith. We have surpassed a lot and this hurricane is one of those adversity that we will recover from. Faith, as all these churches represent, is the greatest armor that we have.