MINERAL WELLS - Mineral Wells Baptist Church will hold its first homecoming celebration April 13-15.
Pastor Brian Arthur wanted the church to have a homecoming celebration and revival to bring everyone together and remember the church's history.
"If you don't go back and put your history together, you lose it," Arthur said.
Photo by Emily Balser
Mineral Wells Baptist Church is located at 1569 Elizabeth Pike.
Over the past two months, a planning committee has been putting together the three-day event and collecting and organizing the church's history, which dates back to 1983.
The celebration begins at 7 p.m. April 13 with special singing by Emily Emrick and continues at 7 p.m. April 14 with music by New Legacy.
At 10 a.m. April 15 there will be a special homecoming service with special guest and former pastor Bob Summers bringing the message. Following the service there will be a lunch and sharing of the church history through photos and video. There will be a "note burning" for the most recent loan the church has paid off, which was used to build its activity building.
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What: Mineral Wells Baptist Church homecoming and revival celebration
When: April 13-15
Where: Mineral Wells Baptist Church, 1569 Elizabeth Pike
"He (Summers) was the pastor that was instrumental in getting the activity building built," Arthur said.
The church hopes to expect 150 to 200 people for the homecoming celebration.
"Anybody is welcome; it's just something that we wanted to do to bring people together and have a time of fellowship and worship in the Lord," Arthur said.
Arthur said he's looking forward to seeing past members and pastors come back for the homecoming and hopes to make it an annual event.
The homecoming is just one event that Arthur has started since taking over as pastor nearly two years ago.
"It's been very enjoyable," he said. "We've started church camps, seen a lot of people get saved, we've got different programs going and different ministries going."
Arthur hopes to remain at the church for as long as he can and wants everyone to feel welcome to attend the church events.
"We're just a small church, family atmosphere, looking to serve the Lord," Arthur said.