VERONA — It was a special weekend for Seventh Day Baptist Church.
A commemorative worship service was held Saturday in observance of the church’s 200th anniversary. Included were special video greetings from denominational leaders, and a video presentation that celebrates the bicentennial, said The Rev. Steven James, pastor. He said the church has actually been streaming services for years.
As part of the branch of Christianity known as Seventh Day Baptists, who celebrate their 350th year in the U.S. in 2021, the church’s roots go back to a great-grandson of the famed Roger Williams, the nation’s first “Baptist,” and founder of Rhode Island. Seventh Day Baptists are Baptists who honor the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as being blessed, holy and made at creation for the good of mankind.
“To this day, 200 years after becoming a church, the Verona Seventh Day Baptist Church continues to thrive by God’s blessing, seeking to honor Him with their lives and to make a difference in their community,” said James.
Though the parishioners cannot meet in the church at this time, the special service and parade celebrate its 200 years of service and blessings in honor of God. As the pastor noted, the landmark church has made a difference in their community.