SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:21

Galilee Baptist Church, at 2440 North Point Road, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. photo by Roland Dorsey

Galilee Baptist marks 100th anniversary

by Nicole Rodman

Though services are held on Sundays, Pastor Doug Wilson and the members of Galilee Baptist Church keep busy throughout the week.
    With more than 30 separate ministries, the 300-member church at 2440 North Point Road is a hub of activity, study and prayer throughout the week.
    This year things are busier than ever as the church celebrates its 100th anniversary all year long.
    Galilee Baptist Church was founded in Colgate Creek in 1913 under Pastor Stephen Robinson.
    The church later moved to its current location on North Point Road and rebuilt the building in 1962.
    While the location has remained the same for decades, the church has continued to grow.
    According to Wilson, there have been several renovations to the building since 1962, including the installation of handicapped ramps and handicapped facilities in the upper sanctuary.
    The purchase of additional adjacent property also allowed the church’s parking lot to expand as its membership grew.
    Later, the church purchased an additional building to house the many ministries and programs offered at Galilee Baptist.
    Today, members keep busy taking part in the dozens of ministries available at the church.
    As Wilson noted last week, these ministries exist to serve individuals both within and outside the church family.
    Ministries include the Men’s and Women’s ministries, a young adult group, a children’s ministry and a married couples ministry.
    Programs such as the bereavement ministry seek to assist those in grief, while the deaf ministry provides sign language interpretation of the church’s worship services.
    The church also offers ministries that seek to serve church members and the outside community.
    Various church programs seek to cater to the church’s sick and shut-in members.
    Members also work with several local shelters as well as Baltimore Rescue Missions.
    The church even extends its ministry to foreign countries, serving as missionaries across the globe.
    For those interested in Galilee’s services but unable to attend in person, the church also offers live-streaming of Sunday worship services at its website, www.galilee4u.com.
    For Wilson, the live-streaming is important because “it allows us to meet people who have an interest in the ministry.”
    The live stream also allows sick and shut-in members and those unable to attend services to keep up with the church’s teachings.
    As Wilson explained, the church teaches verse-by-verse, book-by-book, through the Bible each Sunday.
    By viewing the live-stream, members can keep up with the latest church teachings.
    Galilee Baptist is also offering a number of special events to celebrate its 100th anniversary year.
    Each month, various church ministries will host special worship services.
    On May 5, the church will host a celebration banquet at Martin’s East on Pulaski Highway.
    Later in the year, several church members will fly to Florida and board the Royal Caribbean ship Oasis of the Seas for an anniversary cruise.
    As for what makes Galilee so special and contributes to its longevity, Wilson credits the church’s welcoming atmosphere.
    “Everyone who comes in becomes part of the Galilee family,” he explained.
    And, as Wilson pointed out, the church is always looking for new members.
    “All are welcome to come and join in with us to help us celebrate,” he noted.
    Galilee Baptist Church celebrates worship services each Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    Communion is celebrated at the 11 a.m. service on the first Sunday of each month.
    Baptisms are offered each first Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
    The church also holds a weekly prayer meeting and Bible study each Wednesday at 7 p.m.
    For more information, visit www.galilee4u.com.