The Woods New Hope Baptist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Nov. 10
On November 11, 1855 ten believers of the Woods Community came together to charter what was to become the Woods New Hope Baptist Church. The first church building was a log cabin shared with the Methodists in the community. As the church grew, the time came for the two churches to break off on their own, and the Baptists moved just down the road to its present location at the corner of County Road 425 and U.S. Highway 59.
In 1917 a storm ripped through the community and destroyed the church building. In 1919 the church completed the present sanctuary building which has been reported to be one of the first “church in the round” design offered by the Architect Department of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Through the past 164 years the church has seen many changes in our nation, our state, our county and our community. Our members have fought for freedom all the way from the Civil War to the present-day conflicts. But through it all the church has stood strong as a lighthouse for the Lord.
Through the years there have been a few changes in the building. In the 30’s oil lanterns were replaced by electric lights. In 1947 a library was started with 25 books donated by the Baptist Convention of Texas. To eliminate trips down to the Sabine River or a local pond, a baptistery was added in the church building in 1969. In 1972 after battling the Texas heat, air conditioning was installed, and in 1980 the ceiling in the sanctuary was lowered to help with the heating cost. In the past several years the church has been painted, new entry doors were donated by the Kyle family and last year new carpet was added to the sanctuary.
On Sunday, November 10, 2019 the Woods New Hope Baptist Church will celebrate three important anniversaries — the 164th year of serving in this community as a “Lighthouse of the Gospel,” the 100th year of the completion of our sanctuary and the 21st anniversary of Rodney Puryear serving as our pastor.
Our Sunday Celebration will start with Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.. with our Anniversary Worship Celebration at 10:30 a.m. with special music by Sarah Humphries and bringing our morning message will be Ken Hunnicutt from the Church Architect Department of the Texas Baptist Convention. After the morning celebration everyone is invited to join us for lunch. For information or directions call (936) 248-2261.