New Hope AME Church, Oldest African American Church in Buckhead, Georgia, Celebrates 150 Years

New Hope AME Church Pastor David F. Richards III welcomes visitors to the anniversary service (Photo credit: Chris Mitchell)

New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated 150 years as the oldest African American church in Buckhead on Sunday, April 26.

In a standing-room-only worship service, a diverse audience, including church members, visitors, neighbors, politicians, and press gathered to honor the institution that began in 1869 as “New Hope Camp Ground,” where church and school lessons would take place.

The church’s well-preserved sanctuary has been used for scenes in movies like “Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Presiding Prelate of the 6th Episcopal District of the AME Church, delivered a passionate but timely sermon entitled “Passing the Faith,” where he emphasized the importance of elder generations sharing their stories and their faith to younger generations.

“New Hope, as you celebrate this 150th anniversary, make sure you pass down the faith,” Jackson said. “So that our children know the way that God has brought us.”

New Hope AME has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Voice