On the tenth anniversary of its founding, Perfecting Praise Ministries, Incorporated celebrated the opening of its new location at 205 1/2 Center Street in Norlina with a groundbreaking ceremony on November 19.
Bishop J. Terrell Alston, Senior Pastor, founded the ministry in Durham in 2010. In 2013, Perfecting Praise expanded to offer worship services in Durham and County Warren before relocating completely to the county. of Warren the following year.
Perfecting Praise began their local ministry offering services in the Norlina Volunteer Fire Department annex building on Norlina’s Center Street.
The ministry has also used the former Warrenton Rural Volunteer Fire Department site for church services in recent years.
Perfecting Praise Ministries is now housed in the old farm building of Norlina High School, which was also used for auto mechanics and masonry classes.
For Alston, it is fitting that the department again has an address on Norlina’s Center Street, which is split in two by US 1.
“Now the church is back to its starting point in Warren County,” he said.
Alston said the new location provides more space – a sanctuary, two classrooms and a multipurpose room – and the opportunity for the ministry to do more to help the community. Plans include a clothes closet, a partnership with the North Carolina Food Bank to fight hunger, and workshops.
Perfecting Praise Ministries will host worship services at 10 a.m. on the first through fourth Sunday of each month. Bible study takes place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
All worship opportunities are posted on Facebook Live for anyone who feels uncomfortable meeting in person during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Why is no worship service scheduled for the fifth Sunday? This is when the ministry will organize community outreach services, a major focus since the inception of Perfecting Praise.
Alston hopes to provide a “pop-up church” in areas of Warren County to reach those who do not attend regular church services due to lack of transportation or for other reasons.
“People can’t go to church, so let’s take the church to them,” he said.
The clothes closet and food gifts can also be organized in the Perfecting Praise Ministries church building or in community locations.
The ministry will provide transportation services to worship services or events if required.
Alston said Perfecting Praise Ministries will continue its efforts to partner with a number of location agencies to connect people with the services they need. These range from the Vance-Granville Community College for general education development courses, to Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc. and the NC Cooperative Extension Warren County Center for health and nutrition programs. The ministry will continue to offer workshops and training to address specific needs such as job preparation, health and nutrition, budgeting and bill payment, further education, grocery shopping, parenting skills and basic social skills, such as interacting with others and problem solving. . Alston is delighted that the new church building provides additional space for these classes.
Perfecting Praise Ministries is part of the Kingdom Empowerment Alliance of Churches, of which Alston is the Presiding Bishop. He said the Alliance of Churches also reflects the mindset of helping others.
“We hope to train other pastors and leaders,” said Alston.
He is grateful to the people of Norlina and the surrounding communities for the warm welcome Perfecting Praise Ministries has received and looks forward to continuing to strengthen partnerships in the region.
“The people have been welcoming,” Alston said. “We will continue to seek partners to help us exercise our ministry in the community. “