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Beloved worship leaders are joined by local vocalists.

Leila Scoggins

leila@lakeoconeenews.us

Last week, barriers were torn down as women from all denominations and ethnicities came together in Madison’s Town Park for an evening of worship and testimonies of God’s love.

“We have had two women tell us they think this is what heaven will look like,” said Danielle Copeland. “That you will come in and see women of all ages, obviously we’re not forgetting about men but this is a women’s event, women of all ages, women of all different denominations, that raise their hands or don’t raise their hands but we all love Jesus and it just makes sense.”

Over the past seven months, a group of ladies from a variety of local churches have been hosting events through a ministry called Beloved. On Thursday, June 21, the group hosted a Beloved summer party which included worship music, speakers and a community resource fair that connected ladies with specific ministries from across Morgan County. Beloved, encourages women to “come as you are” and they did, drawing a crowd of 200 people to the park.

The ladies heard heartwarming testimonies about God’s love through seasons of life, infertility, anxiety, overcoming cancer and hospitality from Ruth Bearden, Sarah Ball, Danielle Copeland, Kim Jaynes and Paige Knudsen. Worship filled the park and was led by Christa Rooks and Scott England, as well as a community choir. Summer showers did not dampen the spirit, as the ladies gathered together under umbrellas worshiping and hanging on to each word spoken.    

The summer party was the fourth event of its kind. The inaugural Beloved took place on December 7, 2017. However, the idea to create the ministry began many years before the first event took place. Danielle along with many of her friends, including worship leader Christa Rooks, would walk the streets of downtown Madison together praying fervently over the town that God would start a revival in the area.

Fast forward a few years, Danielle approached her pastor at Madison Baptist Church who told her there we other ladies interested in starting a community wide women’s ministry at Madison Presbyterian Church. The pastors of the churches put the ladies in contact and they began meeting in August 2017. Beloved is inspired in large part by a ministry of Passion City Church in Atlanta’s called The Grove.

 

 

 

 

“I think as women we need to be poured into because we give so much,” said Copeland. “Whether we are a mom, or have an empty nest, or we are young and are working and are starting a career and a life, or we are single and searching for the one. You need to be poured into.”

Beloved Worship leader Christa Rooks added, “this is it’s a community, and like she said, we’re here for each other and we’re encouraging because that’s what God’s word tells us as believers. We are supposed to spur each other on. So many times when we are weak and we feel like we can’t hold our arms up any more we’ve got people to come along side us and hold them up for us.”

After deciding to structure the events like The Grove, consisting of worship and a speaker, the group of women decided on the name Beloved and the slogan “you are His- chosen, treasured, adored, and loved dearly.” Each event takes place at an area church, or in the case of the summer party a venue. Everything about the Beloved events are tailored towards women coming together to worship God.

 “For those two hours, they can literally press pause, they can rest. They can feel adored and cherished, and worship their Father that loves them, and we can point them back to Christ,” said Copeland.

The ladies wanted to create an environment unique to women that appealed to all of their senses. When ladies walk into a Beloved event they are warmly welcomed and met with beautiful décor and tasty treats. Together the women decided that Beloved’s purpose would be to “give women an opportunity to gather, fellowship and worship God together in unity, while finding rest and love.” The group’s desire is not to replace the local churches but to come alongside them and bring women together as one.

 “That’s what I am praying for, for Beloved to be a huge part of it but just for an explosion of God’s presence because I would love for Madison to be synonymous for God’s people,” said Rooks.

The Beloved ministry will host two more events this year. The next will take place on Sept. 20 at Fusion Church of Madison at 7 p.m. Dianne Parker will speak. The final Beloved of the year will take place on Nov. 29 at Madison First United Methodist at 7 p.m. Krista Williams of Proverbs 31 ministry will speak about writing and telling you testimony.

“There is no dress code, there is no mindset,” said Copeland. “We are just all there to love Jesus, that’s it love Jesus love each other. It’s easy, there is no expectation and you are going to be blessed.”

 

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