LARGE WHITE TWP. — Eglise Emmanuel invites the public to the official opening of its new branch in the canton of Grand Blanc. And what better time to celebrate this new chapter than on Easter Sunday?
Leaders at Emmanuel Church had been looking for a second location for some time before the congregation at the former Great Lakes Baptist Temple contacted them last year.
“Their pastor had retired in June, and the church has been without a pastor since then,” said Manning Brown, Emmanuel’s operations pastor.
Visitation to the Great Lakes had been slowly declining and they were approaching a point where they would have to close, Brown said.
“Our church was interested in finding another location where we could minister,” he said. “We connected with some of the GLBT deacons, and they said they were interested in doing something to revitalize the church.”
Emmanuel Flint officially took possession of the former Great Lakes Baptist Temple in November and held his first church service in Grand Blanc Township in January.
With Pastor John Scally leading services, Emmanuel averages about 100 worshipers a week at the church located at 2112 E. Maple Road.
Brown described Baptist ministry as “contemporary, high-energy service”.
“We would be considered an evangelical church with a Baptist view of the Bible as the inherent word of God,” he said. “But, within that, we also recognize that although the message does not change – that is to preach who Christ is and the necessity of salvation – that does not mean that it cannot be done in a contemporary and invigorating way.”
The Flint Church still offers a traditional service at 9:30 a.m., as well as a more contemporary service at 11:15 a.m., Brown said. Services at the Canton du Grand Blanc branch begin at 10 a.m.
Since the merger, the staff at Emmanuel Church have spent quite a bit of time renovating the old Great Lakes building.
“It needed a new roof and other updates to match Emmanuel’s style,” Brown said. “So we are actually busy in the process of working towards our difficult Easter Sunday launch. After that, we hope to have a more visible presence in the community.
“We are excited and looking forward to bringing that same energy to the (Grand Blanc) community and our new location. It is a large facility with plenty of space. We look forward to being in the community and we invite people to come visit us and hear the word of God and participate in exciting worship. »
The church currently offers a youth program and plans to add other programs and do more community outreach as time goes on.