The Inquirer (Monrovia)

29 June 2007

Liberia: Seys UMC Celebrates 150 Anniv.

The city of Careysburg will be a scene of variety of activities beginning this Friday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Seys United Methodist Church (UMC) in Mount Vorblee, Montserrado County.

The activities, which will begin with a day of fasting and prayers, will include a day of fund raising campaign to rebuild the church's edifice, which was completely destroyed by fire on February 3, 2007.

Observing this year's anniversary under the theme, "Celebrating the Goodness of God," the anniversary fund raising would commence on Saturday with a 'walk' beginning at 10:00 a.m. from Bensonville to VOA Junction where an-all afternoon of sports would be held at the Careysburg Soccer Pitch.

The fund raising activities will be climaxed on Sunday with a celebration service at the Careysburg Public School Auditorium while the groundbreaking ceremony will also be held at the Seys Church grounds immediately after the service.

A special guest expected to attend the program is President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf while the church has also invited all well-wishers and the public to grace such a special occasion.

Recently, fire engulfed the renovated edifice of the Seys UMC and razed its entire building. Seys UMC has been a part of the Careysburg City for 150 years and had been one of the first Christian places of worship. Its original edifice was erected in the late 1950s and rededicated in 1986. During the crisis in the country, the church was completely looted and further destroyed in 2000.

However, the church was massively reconstructed thereby placing stainless windows, benches, modern alter and a roof in 2003. On March 23, 2003, the church began services in full swing again. But fate again dashed the hard efforts of the church when fire gutted it in February of this year.

As the church which has made a great impact to its surrounding populace hits 150 years of existence, it is considering donations to help foster the growth and development of the ministry because the Seys UMC does not only have to rebuild it's edifice; it has a charge to also replace its burnt hymnals, bibles, worship essentials, pews etc.

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