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Ocean Springs church celebrates 125th anniversary

Members of the congregation say they are thankful for faithfulness to the church. (Photo source: WLOX) Members of the congregation say they are thankful for faithfulness to the church. (Photo source: WLOX)
The church held a special service on Sunday to celebrate 125 years. (Photo source: WLOX) The church held a special service on Sunday to celebrate 125 years. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

An Ocean Springs church has rich history on the coast, and on Sunday, those members gathered at Belle Fountain Baptist Church to worship together in a special service.

125 years ago, three men had a mission to form a church in their community.

"I've only been here a little over 14 years, but now we have so many conveniences and blessings, and the Lord has been good to us at our church," Rev. Larry Darden said.

Beryl Davis is a lifetime member of Belle Fountain.

"I was about 5 or 6 years old when I started coming here," Davis said.

Davis says she considers herself a living witness to God's goodness to her and the church. Being a member for so many years, she says she has a lot of stories to tell.

"It's real gratifying to know that I had a part in this. And you know they say, if you've been somewhere and if you've done something then you can tell it," Davis said. "In Revelations it talks about God saying 'I am the Alpha and Omega - the beginning and the end'. He truly is and he's been here with our church through all these years."

The pictures of the men that faithfully served at the church since 1890 were posted on the walls, in addition to other special memories shared, for members to appreciate.

Rev. Darden says to be a part of such a great legacy is humbling.

"We sometimes forget about the sacrifices they made to come and be here to serve the church and over the time they stayed faithful," he said.

Members say they're thankful for their faithfulness to the church, and happy to be able to remember the history and celebrate 125 years later.

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