Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Money Road will hold a community service Oct. 20 in celebration of a needed facelift to its building.
Earlier this month, the first stage of the renovation process was completed, which included the painting of the church’s interior and exterior, the installation of new carpet and the trimming of nearby trees.
A group of about 25 to 30 volunteers assisted with the work, said Sylvester Hoover, a Greenwood-based blues historian. As a member of the church, Hoover has been leading the renovation process, which began in late June.
“We want to make the church more community friendly, so everybody is welcome,” he said.
Little Zion has a congregation of about 75 members and holds services at the church on the third Sunday of each month.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20, there will be a morning service conducted by Terrell Collins, a Memphis-based pastor.
At 3 p.m., food will be served at the church, and a choir will perform.
Hoover said the next stage of the renovation process will include the addition of a cafeteria and a dining room. It’s hoped that the church can be used for weddings and other religious events, he said.
The church has a significant history.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson gave recognition to the church during a speech on the floor of Congress in 2017.
The bluesman Robert Johnson is believed to have been buried in the church’s cemetery in 1938.
“The church is 148 years old,” Hoover said, hoping that another 148 years can be added.
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