A parade beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, followed by a block party will officially kick off a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. Rest Baptist Church.

The Rev. Benjamin Martin, pastor of St. Rest, said the parade would leave from the B.F. Martin Community Life Center on B.F. Martin Dr., travel to Mignon Street then to Talton Street. From Talton Street. the route will continue to Martin Luther King Drive, turn onto East Street, continue to the intersection of Talton and Carolina streets and return to the church.

Martin said the parade’s route was carefully selected with a specific purpose in mind.

“We wanted to have the parade in the community we serve,” Martin said.

One float has been prepared for the parade and other participants will walk the route or ride in vehicles, Martin said.

“We welcome anyone who wants to come and join us in the parade as we celebrate 150 years of the church’s service to Minden,” Martin said. “This is not limited just to members of the church, and we would like to see members of the community join us.”

Martin said the 150-year anniversary will continue through October 2015.

“We will have activities each month as we celebrate the life of our church,” he said.

Martin has been pastor of St. Rest Baptist Church for 15 years. His father, B.F. Martin, pastored the church for 46 years and was an icon in Minden’s religious community.

While anniversary festivities begin, Martin said other activities of the church will continue. One of those is the annual Thanksgiving Day meal, which will be served at the Community Life Center beginning at 1 p.m. Afterward, activities have been planned including movies and group games.

“People don’t have to be home alone on Thanksgiving Day,” Martin said. “The doors are open to anyone who would like to come and participate with us.”

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