Springhill makes a ‘Community Connection'

Tawanka Williams sings during Community Connection Day.

ELIZABETH HAMILTON/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.

The pastor and members of Springhill Baptist Church stepped outside of the four walls of the church Saturday to minister and fellowship with residents on the playground of the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club in the Sugarhill community.



Pastor: Pastor Adrian S. Taylor.
Location: 120 SE Williston Road.
Services: Wakening worship is 8 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Corporate Worship at 10:45 a.m. Word and worship is 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Phone: 352-377-1566.

For the second time in the eight years Pastor Adrian S. Taylor has been pastor of Springhill, the church held its "Community Connection Day."

The family reunion-style cookout event featured praise and worship, testimony, poetry, a clothing giveaway, food and the Alachua County Library District bookmobile.

Taylor said he was impressed with the turnout, which was much better than six years ago.

"We've gotten a great response today because we have brought in stakeholders and we've tried to do a diversity of things and this community has responded very well," said Taylor, as the Springhill youth praise dancers performed.

Springhill member George Robinson, who served as the emcee, urged parents and residents of Sugarhill to walk across SE Williston Road to attend services.

K.C. Bryant, a member of Springhill with a melodic and soulful voice, even sang a song that encouraged people to visit the church.

"If you get off track, you can turn around and come right back at the church right across the street," said Bryant, as he sang the gospel song, "Just Love" by Brian Courtney Wilson.

The church set up tables and racks with clothing and also served baked beans, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. Children, men and women from the community took advantage of the church's generosity.

"I love the Lord and I think we should have a lot more of this going on in our community," said Daniel Taylor, a member of Showers of Blessings Harvest Center on SE 15th Street. "We need to pull people to Christ, and if this is what it takes, that's what it is. God is good. Everybody needs a little help. They are feeding us, clothing us and preaching the good word of God."

Just as the hamburgers and hot dogs were coming off the grill, Evangelist Cindy Head of Springhill delivered a word to the nearly 200 residents packed into the playground area of the club.

Head preached about the importance of Christians walking the walk and not just talking the talk. She said it is very important that sinners see the saints of God walking in an upright manner at all times with their light shining bright.

"What do people see when they see you?" Head asked the crowd. "You have a community that needs God. You have a community that needs help. You have a community that is saying I need something that is higher than me."

She said there are a lot of people who might not ever attend a church service and will only get what they know about God from those who go to church.

"The only Bible they are going to read is you, and when they see you, what do they see?" she asked.

Gevonn Wright of southeast Gainesville said she might just take Robinson, the emcee, up on his invitation.

"I think this was a wonderful idea, and it was a great event for the kids," Wright said. "They are giving back to the community, and me and my three kids are enjoying ourselves. I've never been to their church, but I will definitely be going there for a service soon."

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