Celebrates 135th Anniversary
First Baptist Church, Waverly, will celebrate its 135th anniversary this month. The church was formed by a group of 15 people on July 14, 1883. No doubt those founders wanted a vibrant and healthy church that would endure.
During the first years, weekly services were held in the school; and a minister was present occasionally. Sunday School was organized three years later, and membership reached 100 by 1901.
Today, FBC, Waverly, supports national and international ministries/missions. The doors are open for educational and worship opportunities. The church participates in ministries which include Meals on Wheels, 15 years as a collection center for Christmas Shoe boxes, 45 years helping host the annual community Vacation Bible School, helping with the After School Kid's Program, helping at Sunset Manor Nursing Home, participating in camping and involvement with God’s Store House and Coffey County Ministerial Alliance.
One story from the pages of history
is that in 1899 a bell was installed to call
the community together. It was placed in a bell tower to make the sound reach a wider area. It was purchased from Montgomery Ward & Co. and came with a five-year warranty good for ordinary use. Since
that day, the bell has rung to announce church services, prayer time, weddings, funerals, and peace after war.
The church will celebrate its anniversary at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. A quartet from The Topeka Capital Barbershop Chorus will sing, and items from the church's history will be on display. Following the service, the church will provide meat and cake for a carry-in dinner. The public is invited to the worship service and/or lunch.