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Church seeks families of founding members; Good Hope AME turns 157 this year

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The members of Good Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church are preparing to celebrate the history and enduring legacy of their beloved church by locating the family members of its founding

Church seeks families of founding members; Good Hope AME turns 157 this year

The members of Good Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church are preparing to celebrate the history and enduring legacy of their beloved church by locating the family members of its founding fathers and mothers. A special program to include as many family members that the church can find will be held at 4 p. m. Saturday, Sept.

The theme of the program is 'Come Home to Good Hope,'" church member Gwendolyn LC Snider said. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the church to sort of amend its theme because the service will have to be held virtually through Zoom. "In this given situation we're in, we're going to do it through Zoom, but we're still searching for as many of those families as we can find," Snider said. Family members of Ballard and Ross are still being sought. "That has put a little rock in our plans, but we're still searching.

19 program, Snider said the family of each founding father or mother of the church is going to present the church with a monetary donation.

Charles Young, will be the guest speaker," Snider said. Like many other African-American churches, Good Hope AME began as a bush harbor in 1863. "The first members of the church just emerging from slavery constructed a tent and met in a thick grove of trees called a bush harbor.

The Masonic Temple was located on the church grounds," Snider said. The present church, located at 1849 Carver School Road, was dedicated in 1992 and is led by the Rev. Dr.

The church hosts a medical clinic every third Friday of each month. Snider said the church is special because it is a family-oriented church, with both her maternal and paternal great-great-grandfathers having their names on the church's cornerstone. "I find it to be exciting that Jim Cleckley, who was my great-great-grandfather, was a founding father.

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