Southside Church of Christ Brings in the New Year

By Kia Croom

Top Row: Terron William, Quincy Jones, David Sharpe, Steven Sharpe; Second row - left to right: Steven Sharpe, Minister Howard J. Wooling, Mistress of Ceremonies Karlene Jones, Minister Patrick Mitchell Sr.; Third row: Havon Evans, Veronica Adams, Kimberly Wright, Gia White, Brandi Corbett, Kyani Corbett, Edward Corbett II, Edward Harris 1V, Juanita Gragg, Bryanna Mitchell, Phillip Moore; Bottom row: Iyana Richardson, Jonique Hernanez, Tyree Hayes, Mistress of Ceremonies Teresa Williams, Marshawn Young Jr., Sister Jackson, Mariah, Bianca, Endiya, Jada-, Trey, Paul, Sister Torrie Sharpe, Associate Minister Mark Sharpe. Photos by Joe L. Fisher and collage by Adam L. Turner.

More than 150 people attended Southside Church of Christ’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration. This year’s theme was: “Because they loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee,” as taken from Psalm 63:3.
Sister Karlene Jones and Sister Teresa Williams shared mistress of ceremonies duties for the event. The program featured skits and selections performed by children, youth and young adults who took part in Bible classes offered during the year.  Four recent college graduates – Terron Williams,  Quincy Jones, David Sharpe and  Steven Sharpe – presented mini-sermonettes throughout the program.
Following the performances, attendees enjoyed appetizers and refreshments before the prayer service, which began promptly at 11 p.m. and ended after midnight on New Year’s Day.
 In keeping with the event’s theme, Southside Church of Christ congregants and ministerial staff prayed the Lord’s blessings for the New Year, as well as expressions of gratitude for blessings brought forth in the past year.   
Southside Church of Christ is located at 1501 Florida Ave. in Richmond.

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