Sixth Episcopal District to Observe A.M.E. Founder’s Celebration

Atlanta – The Sixth Episcopal District will observe Founders’ Day, February 18-20, 2010 hosted by Saint Philip Monumental African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church “The Mother Church of African Methodism in Georgia,” 1112 Jefferson Street, Savannah, GA, The Reverend Dr. George A. Moore, Jr. is the Host Pastor, The Rev. James E. Taylor is the Host Presiding Elder.

The Presiding Bishop, Dr. William P. DeVeaux and Episcopal Supervisor, Dr. Pam DeVeaux will be on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion. The event will kick-off on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM with Bishop Richard Franklin Norris, Presiding Bishop of the First Episcopal District, bringing the Opening Worship Founder’s Day Message. This event will be streamed live on Savannah’s Own, 1230WSOK. For the rest of the celebration there will be workshops and specials presentations all day.

On Friday evening, there will be a special observance to honor the “Living Legacies,” of the Sixth Episcopal District. A special tribute will take place honoring Reverend George S. Moore, Sr., Senior Pastor of St. Philip A.M.E. Church; Atlanta, GA. Pastor Moore has been a pier of strength in the A.M.E. Church for several years.

This occasion will begin at 7:00 PM and will be held at the Cavalry in Savannah, 4625 Water Avenue, The Founder’s Day Celebration will culminate with the Annual Founder’s Day Parade and “Rock the Block” beginning at 9:30AM. The parade will begin at Anderson Street and Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard heading South. It will then proceed as follows: East on 37th Street, North on Montgomery Street West on Gwinnett Street, North on MLK, South on Morris Brown Drive

The parade will terminate at Greater Gaines Chapel AME Church, 1006 May Street, Savannah, GA, where the, “Rock the Block” will commence. The Reverend Bernard Clarke is the Pastor of Greater Gaines Chapel and will host this event.

The A.M.E. Church grew out of the Free African Society (FAS) established by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others, in Philadelphia in 1787. .

The A.M.E. Church includes over 3,000,000 members, 8000 ministers, and 7000 congregations in more than 30 nations in North and South America, Africa, Europe and India. Twenty active Bishops and 12 General Officers comprise the leadership of the denomination. The Sixth Episcopal District is headquartered in Atlanta, and comprises nearly 600 churches and in Georgia.

For additional information about Founder’s Day Events and Parade Entry, please contact Saint Philip Monumental A.M.E. Church at 912-233-8547.

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