5th Anniversary of Mosaic Baptist Church

5th Anniversary of Mosaic Baptist Church

Emily and Thiessen Charles

Emily and Thiessen Charles

Stephen and Sonia Sollard and children

Stephen and Sonia Sollard and children

Drummer of the band

Drummer of the band

On Sunday, September 8th, a larger than usual group of people(about 50) gathered at The Black Lady Theater to celebrate something significant. It was the celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Mosaic Baptist Church. Mosaic Baptist has gone through a couple of transitions throughout the 5 years, more than just the growth of numbers among the members, but also changing locations twice. From having to first meet at at Jamaican restaurant, to renting a local church nearby and now to having weekly Sunday services at the Black Lady Theatre, as it is currently doing.

Even as there is slow growth in terms of membership, however, the significance focused more on survival. Church-planting is not an easy endeavor, especially in New York City. Having to start everything from scratch with nothing, to 5 years running and continually getting stronger is something to celebrate.

More than the idea of gathering people to grow the church numerically, Mosaic Baptist is a church that also believes in sending out pastors who train there. Lead pastor Stephen Stallard holds on to a scriptural truth that the church is not all about gathering to grow in numbers, but rather one that also often sends people out to fulfill a biblical commission, to bring the gospel wherever God leads. Mosaic Baptist has invested, nurtured, and sent out two unique individuals, as well as two married couples. This was very much remembered as part of the celebration.

On the day itself, a few guests were present joining in the celebration. Among them were a mission team that came from Alabama, a special guest worship team, as well as a special catering group for lunch.

As no man is a island, the same goes for the church. Mosaic Baptist’s sustainability and success are not dependent on it, but it does get support from partners; churches from around the country send supportive teams. The mission team that was present was one of the many partners that often come to Brooklyn to help Mosaic Baptist carry out the mission to reach out to the neighborhood of Crown Heights.

The guest worship team was from the French Speaking Baptist Church in Clermont, Brooklyn. The team was invited for the 2nd time in conjunction with an event that was organized by Mosaic Baptist. They were dynamic and energetic, to say the least, bringing a memorable experience during the worship session.

Lunch was provided at the event. Ranging from barbeque ribs to mac & cheese, finishing with banana pudding in individual mason jars. This was rather special as the lunch was catered by a group called Simplicity Mission, which is a ministry that caters to help feed the homeless in the Greater New York City area. Simplicity Mission is special to Mosaic Baptist because the founder Christopher Ko was one of the individuals who was sent out by Mosaic Baptist to pursue his calling in this food truck ministry that is now based in Queens.

Pastor Stephen Stallard gave a short message, one that was appropriately starting a new sermon series on the book of Acts, which highlights the conception of the first church in the first century. The event was a success, appealing both to those who were there from the inception of the church, as well as the newer members who joined along the way.

Tze Hoongtan

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