February is Black History Month

Join us this month in taking some Next Steps to engage and learn during Black History Month.

Pray

We know that all heart work starts with Christ so we go to Him in prayer for ourselves, our church, and others.

Father, we thank you that you call us all your sons and daughters. In this month dedicated to Black History, open my heart, mind, and eyes to the history of the brothers and sisters you have placed around me. Help me to know that our differing experiences offers an opportunity for gaining different knowledge, insights, and perspectives. Remind me that you created all nations, tribes, and tongues to create the beauty of your human tapestry. Allow me to honor the many ways in which Black people have advanced not just the cause of Christ, but have made advancements that help all of us many times without the recognition that they deserve. Father, as we continue to pursue your heart towards racial reconciliation make us builders of bridges and not of walls.

Examine

Take some time to get quiet with the Lord. Ask yourself what does Black History Month mean to me? What feelings or emotions are evoked when I hear Black History Month? Ask the Lord to help you expose any thoughts, feelings, or emotions that are not from Him. Ask Him to help you uproot anything that grieves Him and to help you grow as He would have you to grow in this area.

Listen

Listen to some helpful voices that work in the area of racial reconciliation via the podcasts. 

 If you have a close friend who is a person of color, take this time to ask them what black history month means to them. Remember to be an active listener, listening to understand, not to respond. If you don’t have anyone you can ask, there are links to some helpful videos below.

Act

Make a difference in our community by joining us to supply books that reflect the faces, impact and history of Black History Month for Mary Castle Elementary. 

Learn

Join us in learning about some black church history leaders. Due to racism, many of their stories have been lost over the years, but they were all pioneers championing the cause of Christ. 

If you want to continue learning about God’s heart towards all people, we suggest these books:

·       Not Like Me by Eric Bryant

·       Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

·       White Awake by Daniel Hill

Lemuel Haynes: the first African American ordained in the United States.

 

Absolom Jones and Richard Allen: Founders of the African Methodist Episcopalian Church

 

Jarena Lee: The first African American woman to preach the gospel publicly. 

 

Charles Octavius Booth: Wrote Plain Theology for Plain People,  an understandable theology for the common people.