Arkansas 1st Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ sets 100th celebration

Bishop Jewel R. Withers Jr. and members of the Arkansas First Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ Inc. will commence the 100th annual Holy Convocation at various locations in Little Rock July 29–Aug. 4. Several churches in Southeast Arkansas will be among the 130-plus congregations attending.

Events include:

• July 29 – (12 hour prayer) Believers are encouraged to join the jurisdictional prayer team during this time of prayer and intercession at Holy Temple COGIC, Little Rock.

• July 30 — 7 p.m. – “Bringing it Back Home” with speaker Bishop Frank Anderson Sr. at Holy Temple COGIC, Little Rock, is designed to be an evening of worship, fellowship, as well as highlighting jurisdictions throughout the state. Jurisdictional leaders, including Bishop Frank Anderson Sr. of Arkansas 2nd Jurisdiction, Bishop Joe Mason of Arkansas 3rd Jurisdiction, and Bishop Junius Williams of Arkansas 4th Jurisdiction, will attend.

• July 31 – 7 p.m. – “A Time of Reflection” with speaker Bishop Frank O. White Sr. at Holy Temple COGIC, Little Rock, will feature artifacts, souvenirs, and video presentations highlighting Arkansas 1st Jurisdiction history located in the Bishop L.T. Walker Chapel and Education Center.

• Aug. 1 – 7 p.m. At the State House Convention, Little Rock, everyone is invited to share in a night of praise and worship with the Presiding Prelate of the Churches of God in Christ, Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of the West Angeles COGIC in Los Angeles.

• Aug. 2 – 7 p.m. “A Night of Pentecostal Fire” will feature speaker Bishop John Mark Johnson at the State House Convention Center, Little Rock. The event will highlight the heritage of the jurisdiction. Everyone is asked to bring tambourines, washboards, cymbals and other instruments to express their heritage.

• Aug. 3 — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. “Youth Extravaganza & Time Capsule Ceremony” — Holy Temple COGIC, Little Rock. The event will highlight youth throughout the jurisdiction with festivities, talents and fellowship on the parking lot of Holy Temple. The Time Capsule Ceremony will take place on the premises of Holy Temple. The ceremony is designed to preserve artifacts in a time capsule for 25 years.

• Aug. 3 — 7 p.m. Music Department Concert – “Centennial Celebration Concert” State House Convention, Little Rock. (Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door.) Tickets are available at Lindsey’s Barbeque. Special guests will include artists such as Arkansas First Jurisdiction Mass Choir, Chrystal Rucker, Bishop Richard “Mr. Clean” White and Chosen.

• Aug. 4 – Official Day Service, 11 a.m. Speaker: Bishop Jewel R. Withers Jr. - Arkansas First Jurisdictional Prelate – State House Convention Center, Little Rock. The celebration will culminate Sunday morning, “Official Day,” at the State House Convention Center. Jurisdictional Sunday School will convene at 9 a.m. Following the Sunday School, the final service will start at 11 a.m.

COGIC History

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), one of the world’s preeminent Pentecostal denominations, has deep roots within the state.

Bishop C.H. Mason, the Church’s founder and first presiding bishop divinely received the name for the Church while walking along a street right in Little Rock. In addition, Bishop C.E. Blake, the assembly’s current presiding bishop, is a native of North Little Rock. Now, the First Jurisdiction of Arkansas marks 100 years of flourishing in a dynamic Centennial Celebration.

The Church of God in Christ is the largest Pentecostal denomination (6.5 million-members) in the United States and at least 59 other countries around the world. The Church of God in Christ is the fourth-largest Protestant denomination.

“We look forward to building upon the legacy left by those gone before us as we capture information from the various venues of the jurisdiction during our centennial celebration,” Withers said.

The Arkansas First Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ plans on streaming video of all services so that delegates in different states can share in worship experiences. Services are available online at Children’s Church will also be available for children 10 years old and under during service time.