Malden, Massachusetts, November 2022- The First Baptist Church of Malden and the Maplewood Baptist Church invites the Malden community to join us for a special joint, family-friendly Worship Service on Sunday, November 27that 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Malden, 493 Main Street, celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season, commonly known by the Christian community as Advent.
During each of the four Sundays of Advent, leading up to Christmas Sunday, both churches will be joining together in Worship Services led by Pastor Gary McClenthen, Pastor of the Maplewood Baptist Church, for a time of reflective preparation awaiting the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
“The story of Bethlehem is a love story. And its ‘particulars’ completely turn most generally accepted definitions of ‘love’ on their heads. On Sunday, in our worship, we’ll start a journey toward a fresh understanding of this wonderful word. We’ll stop at Christ’s manger, and, then, in the weeks that follow up to Christmas, walk through His miracles, messages, and eventually, the marvelous conquering of death – in hopes of finally finding what I am calling, “Real Love,” said Pastor Gary McClenthen.
“I want to encourage all ‘regulars’ of both congregations to come with hearts ready to be encouraged. For those of either congregation who may have been away for a while, may I invite you to come back home as well. And for any other, believer or skeptic, who is willing to give faith one more chance, please stop in. You’ll be welcomed, just as you are, with open arms!”
“The First Baptist Church is very excited to begin sharing joint worship services with our brothers and sisters from the Maplewood Baptist Church, especially during this Advent season,” said Michael Huddy, Moderator, of First Baptist Church. “Each congregation has experienced a time of transition, and given our shared historical roots and common missions it feels very appropriate to come together to reflect on Christ’s love during this Christmas season.”
For more information about the First Baptist Church of Malden visit fbcmalden.org. Pastor Gary McClenthen of the Maplewood Baptist Church can be reached directly at 781-322-2636 or visit MBCMalden.net.