Mount Celestial Baptist Church

This project will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Mount Celestial Baptist Church – Historical Site

  • Arrival Time: 8:45-9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: Delivered on-site.
  • Parking: Space at this site is limited. Your site leaders will provide direction on parking, but please consider carpooling if you plan to serve with others you know.

Why are we serving here?

One rewarding way ForColumbia serves its city is by bringing Christians together to serve other churches that are actively working every day to share the gospel and bring hope into the lives of people in Columbia.

Mount Celestial Baptist Church is a faithful congregation that is celebrating its 200th year as a faith community. This small church still owns the original property on which its foundations were laid, a 3-acre piece of property that is also home to an ancestral cemetery that dates back to the church’s inception in 1824. To commemorate 200 years of faithfulness to the black Christian community in Columbia, we hope to help them clear the property around their ancestral cemetery and revitalize the original property so it can be used not only by their congregation for special events, but by others as well. We think your day will be well spent serving at Mount Celestial Baptist Church.

What can I expect?

ForColumbia 2024 Volunteer T-ShirtsForColumbia volunteers will be working outside at this property:

  • building a pavilion over the site of the original church building;
  • clearing brush around the property, cutting and hauling small trees out of the area designated as a cemetery;
  • spreading gravel for a parking lot, and;
  • other projects as identified.

What should I bring?

  • Volunteers should bring work/garden gloves and a wheelbarrow.
  • Bring the following garden tools if you have them: pruners, loppers, trimmers of any kind. Especially need chainsaws at this site!
  • Come prepared to work outside. If it’s sunny, we encourage you to consider bringing sunscreen and/or a hat.
  • There will be a porta-potty on site; we encourage you to bring hand sanitizer.
  • We encourage all volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes and consider wearing long pants.
  • Be sure to wear your #ForColumbia T-shirt!

Can I serve here with my children?

This is not a family-friendly site for children less than 13 years old, as volunteers will potentially be using power tools and chain saws.