The 210th Anniversary Celebration Of The Abyssinian Baptist Church In Harlem NY

November 2, 2018

Happy 210th Anniversary, Abyssinian! In 1808, a group of African Americans – 12 women and 4 men – took a stand by refusing to accept segregated seating in the First Baptist Church of New York and formed The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York. Our church name was inspired by the ancient name of Ethiopia, Abyssinia. Abyssinian became the first African-American Baptist church in New York State.

For 210 years, Abyssinian has declared that although problems persist, God’s power and promise to use the faithful for good are greater than any obstacle or obstruction.

Today, Abyssinian still stands, a world-famous Harlem institution and a place to find refuge, healing, hope, help, pride in heritage, a passion for social justice, education and empowerment, love, worship, prayer and praise while seeking an intimate relationship with God. We are a testament to God’s enduring power to make a way out of no way. We are still standing strong, winning more souls for Christ!

“Upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18

Still Standing Strong: The Historical Saga of Abyssinian
A play written and directed by Hazel Rosetta Smith 2:00 PM


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In celebration of the 210th Anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, join us for this commemoration of one of the oldest African-American churches in New York. This event is sponsored by the Archives and History Ministry.

9 AM, 11:30 AM Worship Services in the Sanctuary

Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Charles E. Booth, Senior Pastor, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Columbus, OH

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 PM

ABYLIVE: An Intimate Conversation between Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III and three-time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, Randall Pinkston

Can we talk? You won’t want to miss this one-on-one conversation between our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III and celebrated journalist, Randall Pinkston about the rich history and enduring legacy of Abyssinian and more!

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