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Building on faith: Oak Grove Baptist’s new addition

Members of Oak Grove Baptist Chruch, friends and guests join hands amid prayer toward the end of a special service in the church’s new multipurpose building in July. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Members of Oak Grove Baptist Chruch, friends and guests join hands amid prayer toward the end of a special service in the church’s new multipurpose building in July. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE

CREEDS — The new addition at Oak Grove Baptist Church is a multipurpose room, a sizable structure that gathered the congregation, friends and guests in a celebration on Sunday, July 12, at the church at Princess Anne and Pungo Ferry roads.

During the service, during which a number of the congregants saw the inside of the structure for the first time, the Rev. Chuck Moseley, pastor at Oak Grove, explained why no mere cornerstone would do here. 

He discussed the image of a building as one befitting of a church because it stands. “We should stand for something,” Moseley said.

He then mentioned a request he made when the foundation of the building was being poured.

“I asked them to bury a Bible in the center of the foundation,” he said.

Not just any Bible — the one given to him at the time of his ordination, placed in a metal box and within the structure itself. “This building is built on the word of God,” the pastor said.

The Rev. Chuck Moseley, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, delivers a sermon during a special service in the church’s new multipurpose building in July. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

The Rev. Chuck Moseley, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church, delivers a sermon during a special service in the church’s new multipurpose building in July. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Sylvia Brown and Edmond Turner, visit Oak Grove Baptist Church during its special service in the new building. Turner is friends with Roseanne Ray, a member of the church, and Brown is Turner’s caretaker. They were among a number of friends and guests who joined Oak Grove for the service. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Sylvia Brown and Edmond Turner, visit Oak Grove Baptist Church during its special service in the new building. Turner is friends with Roseanne Ray, a member of the church, and Brown is Turner’s caretaker. They were among a number of friends and guests who joined Oak Grove for the service. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Glenn Taylor of Back Bay, a lifelong member of the church, is deep in prayer during the service. “I see the vision of it now,” he said later of the building’s potential. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

Glenn Taylor of Back Bay, a lifelong member of the church, is deep in prayer during the service. “I see the vision of it now,” he said later of the building’s potential. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

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