“Not only because of the spiritual commitment, but also because of the community aspect”

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Churches are finally opening their doors and filling the pews for in-person worship. It’s a welcome sight for the Black community, especially during Black History Month.

We looked at how the pandemic has impacted a prominent black church in Augusta.

“The black church has always been the epicenter of black life in America,” said Corey Rodgers, historian at the Lucy Laney Museum for Black History.

The history of the Black Church in Augusta, dating back to the 19th century, has always played a unique role.

“One of the hallmarks of going to church is not only the spiritual commitment but also the community aspect,” he said.

Rev Dr Charles Goodman Jr., senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, said: “The gospel is holistic to us spiritually, but it is also holistic to us in every other area of ​​our lives. I think the Black Church embodies that.”

A pillar of black history sits right at the heart of Laney Walker. Tabernacle Baptist Church was founded in 1885 by Rev. CT Walker.

“Tabernacle, as envisioned by Rev. CT Walker, was at the heart of this fellowship,” Rodgers said.

When the pandemic hit, churches had to switch virtual services, which took its toll.

Goodman said, “It’s been difficult for all churches, but especially for us in the black community, simply because the strength of our church is not just a place to come to worship, but also as a family gathering.”

Goodman says returning in person makes his community even stronger. “This next normal will require the same passion and enthusiasm, so we’re ready to do our part to improve our city and beyond,” he said.

Black History Events on February 19th

  • The Aiken Black History Parade starts at 2pm on Florence Street
  • Augusta University crowns its homecoming king and queen during the men’s basketball game at 3:30 p.m

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