Centennial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) St. Louis welcomed the new school year with a party on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families and their kids attended the event on the church's grounds.
The Back-to-School Party at Centennial Christian Church in St. Louis was a success, as shared on its Facebook page.
The church expressed gratitude to people and partners who helped kids prepare for the school year. Specifically, it thanked its neighborhood friends, community partners, and church volunteers.
Centennial's Outreach Ministry served as the sponsor for the Back-to-School Party.
Centennial Christian Church provided students with bags and supplies. There was also entertainment through music and a magician. It also had book bags raffles, and adults had the chance to win Walmart gift cards.
The event was free, and the organizers provided food, community resources, eye exams, and health screening. There were also horse and pony rides for kids.
Make Disciples of Christ Class with Rev. Dr. Irma Perkins happens every Sunday at 9 a.m.
The church also invites school-aged youth at Centennial to join Lady Bridget Perkins on Sundays at 9 in the morning.
Others may also join Deacon Vernon Beard's Sunday School. Classes are held via Zoom at 2 p.m.
About Centennial Christian Church
According to its Facebook page, the church is located at 4950 Fountain Ave., St. Louis. Centennial Christian Church's mission is to love one another as the Lord's people.
Another is to share that love by establishing ministries to reach, teach, and win souls for Jesus Christ. Centennial Christian Church aspires to be a lighthouse for all who seek the lord.
As per its website, in Jan. 2004, Reverend Larry DeBernis Hill became the pastor of Centennial Christian Church. Pastor Hill cast the church's vision, a lighthouse for all who seek the Lord.
On November 4, 2007, Reverend Derrick L. Perkins was installed as the church's youngest pastor over 100 years of history. He was 31.
Centennial Christian Church reaches out to senior community members through affordable housing. The church led the path in establishing the Centennial Plaza Apartments.
Centennial Plaza Apartments was the church's first affordable housing for senior citizens.
Mrs. A. Jeanette White and other members of Centennial Christian Church partnered with The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Mrs. White and her team from the church also collaborated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These partnerships happened in 1987 under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Samuel W. Hylton, Jr. (Pastor Emeritus).
The main goal was to create affordable housing for low-income seniors. Such efforts gave birth to Centennial Plaza Apartments in 1988, Hylton Point Apartments in 1996, and Hylton Point II Apartments in 2000.
Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
According to its website, the mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is to be a faithful, thriving church that shows true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice.
In the 2001 General Assembly, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) laid four priorities of its church. One of these is becoming a pro-reconciling/anti-racist church.