Old Church Celebrates Heritage Day

October 22, 2005--Posted at 5:11 p.m. CDT

BROOKLAND, AR--It's part of the past and present of Brookland.

"It's a landmark here in the city, it has been here for a little more than a hundred years the Brookland Baptist originally built it and owned it," said Marty Russell the Pastor New Harvest Family Worship Center.

For many members of the community the old church holds some good memories.

"They raised their families in this place they see their children married here and some baptized here," said Russell.

After 90 plus years the church wasn't what it used to be.

"It had gotten to a place where it looked so bad," said Russell.

It was no longer home to Brookland Baptist and was in need of a major facelift when the new harvest family worship center got a hold of it.

"We came in put re-sheet rocked it, put new ceilings in it, new roof on it, put new central heat and air, new furniture and just opened it up to have church," said Russell.

Although the New Harvest Family Worship Center has been in existance for only 4 years the church understood the historical significance behind the building when they purchased it from Brookland Baptist Church.

"We wanted to open our doors up and tell everyone in the community to come and look what has been done," said church member, Rick Cooper.

Today the church celebrated.

"It's actually about the Heritage Day of this building and this site as well about our church," said Cooper.

The event was complete with singing groups, puppets, food, bouncing rides and good fellowship.

"It lets people get out and mingle with each other and see people they haven't seen for a while," said Cooper.

The building has new tennants but still the same spirit.

"We are going to try to keep this heritage alive," said Russell.

"The outlook is great, we have grown tremendously," said Cooper.

100 years of good service and hopefully another 100 more to come. All the money raised from today's celebration will go to further refurbishing the church building.