Black History shared with ‘Breakfast and Bible’ students
By Willa Wooten
CROCKETT – With February being Black History Month, Breakfast and The Bible students took the opportunity to visit a local church for a unique learning experience. Anderson Chapel United Methodist Church, located off Highway 19 South of Crockett, invited the group to attend their Black History Program on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.
Upon arrival, the congregation personally greeted each student with a warm welcome. In response, the students introduced themselves and presented each member with a Black History Book Marker. Dr. Willia Wooten then called the group to order with congregational singing of several Negro Spirituals followed by the regular order of service. Highlighting the program was a special presentation by the Breakfast and The Bible Students, which included singing, praying, and oral readings to honor the memory of three famous Americans—Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King. Several congregation members were called on to share their stories with the students, adding to the list of contributions made by Blacks,. Speakers included: Robert Wooten, Lawrence Beall, Gwendolyn Scott, Barbara Wooten, Reginald Berry, Donald Wooten, Hunter Watson, Burtis Wooten and Henry Watson. Students heard insight into careers from the military to education and engineering. The common message from each speaker to the students was, “ set your own goals; follow your own dreams and do not let anyone tell you cannot achieve them.”
Pastor Carlton Johnson summarized Black History Sunday with an inspirational message of courage, hope, and faith. He reminded the congregation of the importance of knowing Black History by sharing the following statement: “He who ignores his history is doomed to repeat it.”
In closing the program, Bro. Hunter Watson and Pastor Robert Johnson recognized guests and extended words of appreciation for completing the program. To further involve the congregation in the Black experience, Dr. Wooten presented foods for tasting, including black-eyed Peas, corn-on-the-cobb, sweet potatoes, hog maws, fried chicken, tea cakes and pound cake.
Breakfast and the Bible is the Youth Outreach Program for the Lovelady Circuit of United Methodist Churches. According to Pastor Robert Johnson, Program Administrator, “ The students meet monthly on the second and fourth Saturday of each month for breakfast, Bible Study, and the development of Social Skills.” “Being committed to the success of our students in Reading and Math, we have made plans to add a tutorial component to our program going forward.” All parents/guardians interested in having their children join Breakfast and the Bible, please contact Wooten, Program Coordinator, at (936) 546-4020 for more information.
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