First Baptist Church, Woodstock, in Bibb Baptist Association, celebrated 125 years June 18. The Alabama Baptist Historical Commission recognized the church with a certificate presented by commissioner Debbie Campbell.
She commended the members for their faithfulness, their witness and their ministry, quoting Matthew 5:14–16. “It has always been a light on the hill,” said member Dan Carroll.
“The original church was built on a hill in town near the railroad tracks,” Carroll said. “Twenty years ago the church sold that building in town and erected the present building on this site, another hill. Most of the work was done by men of the church.”
Members also gave glory to God during the music concert by The Stevens, a southern gospel group from Northport. The congregation rose to their feet together singing “How Great Thou Art.”
Associate pastor Greg Findley closed the service by reminding everyone that prayer works. “We are a praying church,” he said. “And have been for 125 years.”
Evidence of answered prayer is located right across from the main building in the new family life center.
During the homecoming luncheon, members shared how God provided most of the materials for the new building.
One member shared that a lady who didn’t attend First, Woodstock, drove up one day to the church and said the Lord told her to help support the ministry of First, Woodstock. She wrote the church a check and drove away. This is one of the many ways answered prayer keeps First, Woodstock, moving forward for the Lord and being a “light on the hill.”
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