Pine Grove Baptist Church prepares for Pilgrimage

Published 5:17 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Seven miles west of Picayune in the Piney Woods community of Yamacraw, Pine Grove Church was formed in the late 1800’s. It was first organized as Pine Grove Methodist Church, but in 1866, the church petitioned the Hobolochitto Baptist Association for membership.

Elder W.H. Varnado, the first Baptist minister to settle in this area became the first pastor of record. He came to the area as a missionary from Pike County, Mississippi.

Through the years the church has grown from as few as 8 members at times to the present thriving church. This church has stood as the hub of this small community for many years. It has sent out four of its sons to the full time gospel ministry: Rev. Otis Seal, Rev. Ernest Stockstill, Rev. Toxie Jarrell, and Rev. Hollis Stewart.

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The present church staff includes Rev. Timothy Mims, Pastor; Michael McDaniel, Minister to Students; and Jerry Cumberland, Minister of Music.

For many years, Pine Grove Baptist Church has always taken pride in decorating the sanctuary for the Christmas holidays. All visitors will be greeted this season by two large wreaths, and poinsettia topiaries flanking the church doors. Just inside the foyer, the Holy Family on the table is surrounded by poinsettias. The sanctuary will have large, lighted Christmas trees on both sides of the room decorated with gold ornaments and surrounded by poinsettias. A complete nativity will be placed on the alter table. The church baptistry will also house a beautiful tree. Poinsettias surround the stairs and musical instruments, while lush, green garland will be draped through the choir loft. The garland will also drape the balcony with swags of flowers and fruit. All the windows will be decorated with fruit and flowers.

As one exits the sanctuary through the side door onto the breezeway, luminaries will light the way to the Fellowship Hall. There will be a table covered with a red linen cloth, silver service and food for visitors. Enjoy another tree, decorated by the G.A.’s and R.A.’s of the church.

The church invites you to celebrate the birth of Jesus with them this Christmas season as you visit during the pilgrimage.