With the 60th anniversary celebrations of Britain’s oldest Black Pentecostal denomination – the Calvary Church of God in Christ (COGIC UK) – drawing near, its current head, Bishop Alvin Blake, believes that the church founders, Bishop and Mother McLachlan, would have been very proud of the Organisation’s achievements.
He shared, “The church has seen growth over the years, as it continues to build upon everyone uniting and coming together to pray, and entreating people to live a holy and consecrated life. This has been the basis upon which the church was built.”
He also shared that the McLachlans would have welcomed COGIC UK’s foray into education. “COGIC now owns a number of church buildings. We’ve also introduced educational training to develop ministers and widen the skills of church officers, and have established our own Bible College for Christians everywhere.”
Bishop Blake also believes COGIC UK has contributed greatly to British society, by being the first Black Pentecostal denomination established by the Caribbeans, who immigrated to the UK in the 1950s and 60s.
The 60th anniversary celebrations will run throughout the year, and include a church convocation from 24th to 27th August at COGIC headquarters in Luton, with special guests Rev Joel Edwards; Bishop Brandon Porter from the USA; a grand reception, and a major music celebration.
People are very aware that COGIC inspired several Black Christian leaders in the 1950s and 60s to establish their own churches, including the late Bishops Powell and Bernard, founders of the New Testament Assembly, and Bishop Francis Snr, founder of the Church of the First Born and father of mega church leader, Bishop John Francis.
When asked what he hopes COGIC UK will achieve during the next 60 years, this was Bishop Blake’s response: “A transformation of society through the power of the Holy Spirit, as demonstrated in the teachings and actions of Jesus, and the healing and restoration of the social order. This will mean the church coming out of its comfort zone to work with other agencies – including government and local authority, challenging political systems to fight for justice and equality for one and all.”
For more details, visit www.cogic.co.uk