What We Love About Beloved

Worship Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m.

“You could come to Beloved Community with a bird on your head, and people would welcome you and your bird. The next time you came back, they would not only remember your name and your bird’s name, but they also have some food for your bird. That’s the kind of church Beloved is.”  -Nancy

 

“I love Beloved Community Church because of the welcoming open arms that are extended to newcomers.  It is not just a place to worship, far from it.  Beloved is truly a Community in every sense  of the word.  This is a loving, caring family that deeply cares about all their members no matter what their social or economic stature.  It is a place where one feels the love of God oozing from their members.  I also like, no, LOVE the fact that this unique community does not discriminate because of religious beliefs, sexual orientation or race.  Beloved Community Church cares about the community and they prove it by the various Social Justice programs they are involved in.

“Beloved Community Church is a great place to worship, having an awesome Pastor and equally awesome Praise Band. The band is not the typical church band.  They are a soulful R&B band who provide lively music that I can not just still and listen to.  I can’t help but almost dancing in place to the wonderful music by LeNard Brown & The Controllers.  I notice most of the parishoners dancing in place too. It’s a beautiful sight to see.  Between the sermons by Rev. Angie and the band, one can not helped to feel the spirit & get fired up for the Lord.

“This is truly a place where God is evident every time I step through the doors.”  -Elaine

 

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“I really love the atmosphere of all are welcome and the wonderful reflections on scripture Rev. Angie gives.”      

-Felice

 

“I love Beloved Community Church, because it is filled with caring people who want to build a world based on the teachings of Jesus. A world based on peace, love and understanding. Since I was a child, I have never been able to tolerate organized religion. I attended a church service last Sunday at a church in Anniston. It was a well oiled machine. There was not one second of hesitation. It was so well rehearsed, it was like show biz. The preacher preached with all the drama and flare of a televangelist, what I considered to be a very divisive sermon. Then he asked for people to come down and accept Christ. I haven’t felt so far away from God since the last time I was in a large traditional church. The one thing I have noticed recently is that at most churches you will not hear much about what Jesus had to say about anything.

“In a nutshell, Beloved does not have the feeling that it is being controlled by a big organization. It feels very warm and safe. A place that is there to build and serve the community. A place where you can be who you are, as long as you allow others to be who they are. And, I love diversity. It is the spice of life. At Beloved we are not just wading around in the shallow water. We are swimming in the deep water. ”    -Gary

 

“‘Let me count the ways.’ What a wonderful feeling of family and caring. Such a great group of friends who Love Jesus and each other.  Thanks to you and all the others that make me feel welcome.”              -Ed

 

“Beloved is one of those rare places that you can walk into and feel loved, accepted and completely relaxed — while at the same time knowing that you will be challenged to figure out ways to live out your faith.”  -Jennifer

 

“Beloved teaches that the Kingdom of God is happening here and now. That means ending oppression, recognizing the humanity of all people, and extending liberation and love to everyone. Beloved shows me how it should work.” -Robyn

 

“I spent my whole life not being sure there was a God. I did! I thought I was on my own in this world. Now I know God is here, I know God is in my life, and when I start to question that, I think about being at Beloved Community and I remember that I am not alone. For the first time in a long time, my soul is happy and satisfied, and I feel real close to my God. You can be yourself here. You can be honest. You don’t have to be perfect. That’s what I love. I love my church. This church is a place of refuge.”  -Michelle

 

“I’ve never been in a place like this church where people – black and white, people who have never seen each other before – have come together to sing and play with so much unity. There is so much unity here that God has to be in this place. Only God can make voices that have never sung with each other before sound so beautiful.” -LeNard

 

“For me, the most exciting thing about this past year was meeting so many new people through the church.  We have had several new members and friends who have infused us with a new energy and enthusiasm.  The Wedding, the Brown Bag Ministry and the protests against HB56 have also energized us.  We have always been the church where no one is an outcast and no one is a stranger, but so much more so this year.

“Our church has become a center of activity and healing.  Papers taped to the walls elucidating strategies, unexpected snacks in the fridge, crowds gathered for an LGBT-related film or a poetry night–we’re alive!  I remember the last Brown Bag Day, sitting at a table with Nancy and Brian, Betsy Dobbins and a group of young, bilingual girls.  Nancy was sketching the girls, much to their delight and Brian was using a few crayons to transform an ordinary piece or brown paper into a wonderful mountain scene. The rest of us were coloring and talking, with the rhythm of Desi’s hammer in the background. Nancy Sales was cleaning, and Carmen was busy, as always.  As I sat, crayon in hand, working on my hat (or was it a boat-I’m not quite sure), talking with Betsy and the girls (“How do you say pond in Spanish?”), I was reminded, once again how wonderful it is to be a member of Beloved! ”  -Denyse

 

 Beloved Community Church

131 41st Street South

Birmingham, AL 35222 (Avondale)

(205) 595-6080  beloveducc@aol.com

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