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  • Writer's pictureCharles Perry

One Year Later....

This Sunday, we will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first church service at Magic City Spiritual Community. We would love to have you join us – we will be having our usual first-Sunday-of-the-month Communion Service and potluck, so you are welcome to come hungry, and bring a dish or friend (or both) if you can, but neither is a requirement – all are welcome to come as you are.

TBH, I’m not sure how we got here. A year ago, Laura and I agreed to give it at least three or four months, and see if anyone was interested. I was piloting into the complete unknown, as it had never been my intention to pioneer a church, and for several reasons I felt compelled to do it outside the auspices of my denomination. It is one thing to be the senior minister of a church that has been in operation for decades, but another thing entirely to start from scratch.

I wish to publicly thank Rev. Jennifer Sanders and the Beloved Community Church for agreeing to host us on such generous terms. Without them, we would not be able to do what we are doing, and would not have gotten as far down the road towards viability as a spiritual organization as we have.

I also wish to thank our members, officers, congregants, and contributors. You are the church. Your love and your gifts of time, talent, and treasure are what make this thing go. You pay our rent. You make the coffee. You play the music. You teach our children. You march in the parades. You volunteer in the community. You afford me the privilege of being able to say, “I am a minister,” and for that I am grateful beyond words.

I am also encouraged about where we are, and where we are going. We have some new faces who have showed up and are sticking around. We have a huge percentage of children. We have a culture of volunteerism and a sense of community ownership. We are creating an extended family that looks out for each other in tough times, and celebrates each other in the good ones. In short, it’s working.

One last thank you, to my wife, Laura. Aside from being my partner-in-everything, Laura is our Music Director, Youth Director, Web Master, Social Media Engineer, and last but not least (and probably toughest job of all) The Minister’s Wife. It is not overstating it to say I simply could not have gotten this far without her, and I could not continue doing it without her, and all of the time, energy, and love she has put into this. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sweetheart!

If you are one of our regulars, I’ll see you this Sunday. If you are in the Birmingham area, and you’d like to help us celebrate, please drop in, and stay as long as you like. We meet at 1:30 PM on Sunday in the downstairs of the Beloved Community Church at 131 S 41st St, in Avondale. Happy Anniversary, MCSC!

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