COGIC at 60

Britain’s oldest Black Pentecostal denomination, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), is gearing up for its 60th anniversary Jubilee celebrations, taking place from 24 to 27 August, at their 2000-seater headquarters in Luton, Bedfordshire.


The celebrations will feature live worship services, a music concert, and contributions from special guests. Bishop Alvin Blake, head of COGIC, stated, “COGIC has a great cultural and spiritual heritage in Britain.  For almost 60 years we’ve been proclaiming a Gospel of hope, and seen many people’s lives positively changed as a result.  During this year of celebration, we will be reflecting on our history and achievements, as well as looking to the future.”

 COGIC UK was started in 1948, in the home of Jamaican migrants, Bishop Oswald and Mary McLachlan, who were based in Stoke Newington, North London.  It became an official church denomination in 1952.

Special events will be held throughout COGIC’s anniversary year.  The church will officially participate in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee BIG Lunch on June 3rd, and have set up a COGIC Diamond Jubilee Heritage Page to encourage past and present members to share memories of their experience of being part of COGIC.

Rev Clevere Fenty, Chair of COGIC’s Jubilee Organising Committee, recalled, “I have great memories of the church – of it lively services; the great singing and music and, more importantly, the various people whose lives the church has transformed through its Gospel message.  All these things – and more – will be looked on during our celebrations but, more importantly, we will be celebrating our youth, looking to the future, and looking at new ways to reach our broken communities.”

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