Our young people experienced the true meaning of Christmas on Sunday while visiting the children at the Crisis Ministry of Davidson County. They provided the families with a hot meal for lunch, decorated christmas cookies with the children and passed out Christmas gifts. Let us never forget how truly blessed we are.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 was “Family Day” at Free Pilgrim Church.
Our morning worship service was very special with the baby dedication of Kynzlee Dawn Brown,
daughter of Eric and Melissa Brown. It was a very touching service.
A Thanksgiving meal was prepared and served in our Family Life Center for everyone who
wished to attend. The meal was scrumptious and enjoy by everyone.
Following the delicious meal, we met back in the church for a “Praise in Song Service”.
It was so inspiring and the presence of the Lord was so real.
Thanks to everyone who attended the services.
The BBQ fundraiser was a huge success! We were able to exceed our projected goal! A BIG thank you to everyone who volunteered, supported, bought and donated. This gives us a great start towards our Transportation Ministry. We thank the Lord for His help and everyone who participated.
Sunday, October 19th, was declared “Pastor Appreciation Sunday”. The day included specials singing by the young people, instrumental, letter of appreciation, a skit, and a special love offering. It was a wonderful day of showing our pastor and wife how much they mean to use and thanking them for everything they do!
What a wonderful time we had at our fall church picnic on October 18th. The weather was perfect and the cookout was excellent with Pastor Manley at the grill making sure everything was cooked to perfection. It was a great time of food, fun, and fellowship. We also had some exciting games of corn hole and volleyball. It was a wonderful day of relaxing and enjoying the company of our friends. God is so good!
Pink Sunday was celebrated October 12th in our morning worship service. We honored Sis Manley who is an eight year breast cancer survivor. During the service, anyone who had lost a loved one to this terrible disease was given a small gift in their memory. At the end of the service everyone received a small gift celebrating “Pink Sunday.” A casserole lunch was provided in the Family Life Center. It was such an enjoyable time of giving God praise for all he has don
September 7th, 2014 was an exciting day at Free Pilgrim Church. Grandparents were recognized in the morning service with special gifts of appreciation. Pastor Manley spoke briefly about keeping the “grand” in grandparent (listen here). The church provided a carry in lunch at the Family Life Center honoring the grandparents. We thank God for all the wonderful grandparents at Free Pilgrim Church.
We thank you for the children of Free Pilgrim Church. Please watch over them and keep them safe as they go back to school this year. Allow them to experience your presence and open their eyes to new challenges and exciting opportunities. Help them treat others with respect and kindness and to guard their hearts with the armor of Your Word. Give the teachers guidance and help them to strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and understanding and endeavor always to share Your truth to eager minds. Open their young hearts to You. Send your angels to guide and guard our children and keep them from all harm. Hold them in the palm of your hand and bring them home safely at the end of each day. Thank you for all Your many blessings on us.
We had a wonderful time celebrating Free Pilgrim Church’s 60th year in existence on Sunday, July 27th. During the morning service, we heard about the history of the church. Pastor Manley presented the Clodfelter’s with a special plaque thanking their family for donating the land for the church. County Commissioner, Steve Jarvis, spoke about how our church benefits the community and presented the church with a Letter of Recognition from Davidson County. Pastor Manley recognized the people of the church who are currently serving the church through various roles.
The morning service was followed by a carry-in meal in our Family Life Center. At 2pm we gathered for a special service of Praise and Worship to God for all He has done for Free Pilgrim Church over the last 60 years. During this service, we heard from several that were instrumental in the establishment of the church. Without their sacrifices, our church would not be here today. Several people shared in special songs, including the Youth Choir, and the presence of God was felt all day. To God be the glory!
The years preceding 1954, 1275 Free Pilgrim Church Road was a 3 ½ acre corn field owned by Harvey & Eula Clodfelter. Under the direction and leadership from God, the Clodfelters donated the property. After earnestly seeking God’s will and direction for this property, a group of people felt a burning desire to build and organize Free Pilgrim Church. It would be a place that they could worship God at the dictates of their conscience and heart. The people involved understood the seriousness of this undertaking and the sacrifices that would have to be made in order for the new Church to be established.
The first meetings were held in the Nifong residence. After feeling the leadership of the Lord, construction of the new Church began with Grayson Crook as the chief carpenter and general supervisor. Dub Carrick, Harvey Clodfelter Sr., Lewin Crotts, Dayton Jones, Deweerd Lambeth, WR Nifong and others were dedicated to the cause and faithful to assist in the laboring of this great construction project. The basement and brick work were outsourced to contractors. After a tremendous amount of hard work, the Church was completed. The formal organization and assembly of the congregation occurred on August 4th, 1954, with approximately 200 people in attendance.
The Church was blessed with wonderful revivals and a special atmosphere of Worship. Free Pilgrim Church has stood as a lighthouse for the last 60 years directing saints and warning sinners. Many souls have been impacted by the Church and many have made a safe landing into Heaven because of the faithfulness of God and the ones that have been faithful to keep this lighthouse lit for the Glory of God!
One of the highlights of the ministry of Free Pilgrim Church was on September 2, 1969, under the direction of Pastor Hemrick when Free Pilgrim Academy was organized. God greatly blessed the school and it soon outgrew its original quarters at Free Pilgrim Church and a new school was built. There was a lot of excitement as classes met in a new block building on the school’s present 27 acre campus in the fall of 1972. The name of the school was changed from Free Pilgrim Academy to Carolina Christian Academy. The ministry of Carolina Christian Academy continues on by sending forth pastors, missionaries, teachers and servants of God. To God be all the glory for all He has done and will continue to do for Free Pilgrim Church.