Huntington First Church of the Nazarene to Celebrate 100th Anniversary | New
HUNTINGTON – The First Church of the Nazarene in Huntington will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend.
In honor of a century of worship and community service, the church, which is located at 321 30th Street, will celebrate services on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6.
On Saturday, an evening service will be held at 7:00 p.m., which will be led by Senior Pastor Marc Price. Additionally, the church will have a 6 p.m. transition timeline, showing changes in church dress that occurred between 1921 and 2021.
The items included in this timeline are items of historical clothing, images and memorabilia specific to various points of the centennial period.
“We have members who have been here for 80 of the last hundred years,” Associate Pastor Craig Moore said. “They’ve put together stuff over the years, not necessarily for that, but it always adds to the memories of their time.”
On Sunday at 10:45 am, the church will hold a re-enactment of the first services held in 1921. Re-enactment will be done by pitching a tent in the church parking lot, roughly where the original church was built in 1920. It The preaching of the Church of the Southern District of West Virginia of Nazarene Superintendent Bret Layton will be present.
Viewings of the visitation timeline will take place before and after the service. Throughout the ceremonies, the church will be collecting non-perishable items for the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.
Former pastors and congregation members from across the country are expected to attend the weekend ceremonies. Many former pastors of the church have also recorded videos talking about the church and their time with it, which will be posted during weekend services.
Pastors encouraged members of the public to attend, saying the doors were open to everyone.
“I’ve been here for just under five years, and something that has always struck me is the community of Huntington,” said Price. “It’s very family-friendly, very traditional in many ways. This family atmosphere throughout the city is reflected in the church. There’s so many people calling this home church, calling this home church.