Beloved Community Gathers Again Under An Oak Tree

Historic Cedar Hill Baptist Church south of Lexington is a church that began with faithful black Christians worshipping under an oak tree.  The church was built in 1874 and is on the historic register. Reunions of descendants are now held annually there. 


The Rev. Anne Grizzle, Chaplain at Boys Home, who lives at the Bellfry nearby the church, was inspired by the call to build beloved community and began meeting with Preston Evans of Cedar Hill Church.  They have met and considered if the church could be reinvigorated for more occasional worship.


A first gathering took place that included four descendants of the original worshippers, plus the pastor and members of First Baptist Lexington, neighbors, and friends.  They all gathered for a rogation service of thanksgiving and prayer, followed by potluck fellowship and story sharing at the Bellfry. They are hoping friendships and services may continue.