The Weymouth Falls gospel group Victory Choir performed June 2 for the first since disbanding in 2004, and helped raise money for Mount Beluah Baptist Church, which is in need of a new roof, siding and indoor plumbing.
The fundraising concert in the Weymouth Consolidated School gym featured half a dozen different musical acts, and than 80 people from around the community attended and raised almost $700 for the church.
The 13-member Victory Choir, led by Georgina Langford disbanded after five years of preforming, but is happy to be singing again.
“Some of the faces have changed but we are very enthusiastic about it. Their excitement makes me excited, makes me just want to carry on with it,” said Langford. “It felt so great to be back.”
Pastor Stephen Gough, who preaches in Kentville and Weymouth Falls, and is a representative for District 3 in the African Baptist Association, said Weymouth Falls African Baptist Church was one of the seven churches that helped found the African Baptist Association of Nova Scotia in 1854.
“The present church, Mount Beluah, was built in 1921,” he said.
Gough says the church is special because of the history in the community.
“I have known of the Mount Beluah Baptist Church for some time now, mainly reflecting on its inactivity. Like many churches in our communities that once thrived, much has changed. Society has changed.”
The “church on the hill in Weymouth Falls” re-opened last October for service once or twice a month. There are no indoor washrooms or plumbing, and heating has been an issue in the past.
The roof should be shingled this summer, with help from Happy Harry’s in Digby, which is donating the shingles and a group of men from Preston who have agreed to provide the labour.
“I hear so many people talking about how it was, back in the day,” Gough said. “You know, in our black communities most of the folks had large families and the church was the only real place that they could call their own, that the community owned. So many people that have come and come family members that were strong people in the community, they leave their legacy here. It’s meaningful.”
Charmaine Cromwell-Sparks organized last week’s event, and is planning a larger fundraiser on July 14 at 1 pm, at the church. “Tonight’s gospel concert is a labour of love where everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy some wonderful gospel music, and to give for their hearts to our cause, entitled, raise the roof,” she told the audience.