Replanting Woodfield Park Baptist Church
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
With my own eyes, I have witnessed the truth of this verse and the power of the Gospel. My father was a man who was completely transformed by Jesus. I was seven years old when I heard 2 Cor. 5:17 for the first time. It was the first verse I memorized.
His six children all came to faith in Christ after His transformation. I am one of those children and a firm believer that this same Gospel can have an incredible impact on the Woodfield Park community.
The name of the replanted church will be New Creation Baptist Church. This is based on 2 Corinthians 5:17 which informs the vision and mission of NCBC. We exist to see people transformed through a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.
Woodfield Park Baptist Church began on June 19, 1960, as a church plant of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. The main purpose was to reach the main housing neighborhood of the Army.
The church has experienced a steep decline in attendance and reach over the years. Much of this is due to the changing environment around the church. The pastor and members of the church have been hoping and praying for a revitalization…in vision, in mission and effect through His church at Woodfield Park. God has called me to lead this new work.
As you can imagine, with a church in decades of decline, there are a number of financial needs:
HVAC. There are several units that are not working at all. The ones that are working are over 25 years old. The original boiler that provides heat does not work and needs replacing.
Plumbing. The water in the sanctuary building (where offices, classrooms and the baptistry reside) has a rusty, brown tint to it. The belief is that the cause is failing, rusty pipes.
Gutters, windows and doors need to be replaced also.
New Creation Baptist Church will launch on January 7th, 2024. We are currently teaching the Word, preaching, building relationships, distributing food on Tuesdays, and holding special events as we prepare for the launch of NCBC. We are doing this in the secondary building called the Chick Chapel. We are praying that the major repairs will take place before the launch date so we can begin services in the beautiful sanctuary to fulfill our mission to see lives in the Woodfield neighborhood transformed by the power of Jesus.
We covet your prayers and hope you will be able to join us in this effort for the glory of God!
If you would rather write a check please write it to Columbia Metro Baptist Association. Note it is for Woodfield Park/NCBC.
CMBA 806 Universal Drive, Columbia, SC 29209
Pastor Ed Stewart