“At the close of this
year, 12 people will be baptized.” said Pastor Thompson. He
has spent a number of months providing classes to new
Christians and members and those who have expressed their
desire to be baptized. He takes joy in helping others come
into the knowledge and faith of God’s unwavering love and
grace for His people.
This unspeakable joy is
something he hopes members will take hold of, that they may
live each day without fear and in the confidence of Christ
and his arms of compassion.
Every year, the church has
its anniversary in October, called Homecoming. This year,
Braden kicked off the Homecoming Season with Friends and
Family Day where people in casual dress and came to give
thanks and lift up praise. Following the service, members
and friends gathered in the parking lot for a tailgate style
lunch complete with a hot dog bar, pasta salad, potato
salad, baked beans and an abundance of home baked goods.
There, people remarked
about the experience saying that it should be an annual
event, and that they felt good about the new thing God is
doing in the local church. Among the guests, Mattie Daniel,
who is on the church’s stewardship committee and is in the
choir, was inspired by the event and shared ideas that could
take place moving forward.
“This was the goal for
having the tailgate; to let members know that we can have
fun in fellowship and that getting together in this manner
is both necessary, but it brings people closer to each other
and sparks joy and a flow of ideas.” said Megan Davis,
Homecoming chair for 2019.
The tailgate was the first
of several activities taking place throughout the homecoming
season at Braden. Other activities include Spirit Week from
September 1st through September 8th, where there will be
midday and evening events to support the homecoming
celebration. Of these activities, there will be a
Crafternoon DIY art class. Guests will make mesh wreaths,
upcycled denim purses and body scrubs lead by
member-instructors. There will also be “yearbook” pictures
taken on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, September 4-5.
On Friday, September 6,
there will be a Friday Night Line dance class, where guests
can learn the popular “hustles” from Glass City Hustler, Tee
Cuffie and Braden Communications Director, Skip (Imani)
Davis. Each of these classes are $10 and all proceeds
support the 2019 Homecoming fund.
Spirit Week at Braden will
close with a “Pep Rally” Day on Sunday, September 8. Guest
artist, Whitney Jones will be singing and the whole service
will be geared toward free praise, worship and fellowship.
Davis states, “I hope these activities birth new ministries
that the leaders can continue to do throughout the year.
This develops a deeper connection with the church and its
All activities and services taking place in the next six
weeks are open to anyone who wishes to attend. The theme for
this year’s Homecoming is “Welcome Home” and is taken from
Hebrews 13:1-2. To learn more about Braden UMC or any
Homecoming activities, please send the church an email at
email@example.com or by calling (419) 386-2700.