The congregation of Sycamore Baptist Church, along with family and friends, attended a ground-breaking ceremony to commemorate the start of their upcoming expansion. The future addition will include a new fellowship building including a new kitchen. The picturesque country church was established in 1871, and has some member's families going back for several generations.
"Our church has been working very hard to raise money for this much needed addition," said member Jean France, "We have had church dinners for the public, yard sales, bake sales, and the ladies and children of our church have even made necklaces to sell. A church cookbook is our next adventure. We are small, but determined."
The paper bead necklaces that the kids lovingly call "Prayer Chains" are made from the churches recycled bulletins and prayer lists. The beautiful paper beads are strung into one-of-a-kind necklaces that can be purchased for a donation. "Pictures of these necklaces received a great deal of attention when posted to social media recently," said another member, "We appreciate everyone that has reached out to ask how they can get one. We have set up a link on our Sycamore Baptist Church facebook page to make it easy for people to request a necklace made especially for them. This has given the adults and children so much joy to actively participate in making a difference in the growth of our little church."
When asked for thoughts on the expansion, Pastor Richard Williams smiled, "I am particularly proud of all that our members have done to help with this vision for growth. They have worked hard, and prayed even harder, to make it happen. God has blessed us and I am happy to see God providing through the help and faith of the congregation."
The small rural 'church on the hill' is located right off Highway 53 between Liberty and Woodbury near the Gassaway Community.
Photo 1: The congregation of Sycamore Baptist Church proudly attend a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the upcoming expansion of their church, founded in 1871.
Photo 3: Pastor Richard Williams of Sycamore Baptist Church stands with his fellow deacons as they break ground for an upcoming addition. (from left to right) Danny Haley, Andy Burklow, Jim Jones, Gerald Petro, Pastor Richard Williams, Joe Bryson, Ken Vickers, and Jimmy Ramsey.
Photo 4: Kennedi Clark of Sycamore Baptist Church shows off a paper bead necklace she made using recycled bulletins. The donations from the jewelry will be used towards the upcoming expansion.
Photo 5: Haley Reynolds holds a handful of paper beads made by the kids and women of Sycamore Baptist Church using recycled bulletins. The beads are strung into necklaces with 100% of all donations supporting their upcoming addition.