Two local churches break color barrier
by Rachel Davis
Jul 16, 2012 | 3762 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sunday morning, as most people headed off to their individual churches, members of two Jasper churches combined, as they do every month.

The third Sunday of each month sees the members of Durr’s Chapel United Methodist Church drive just down the road to join their sister church of Christ United Methodist Church for Sunday morning services.

The idea to occasionally combine the services came about several years ago, and members of both churches say that they look forward to their monthly joint services.

“We love getting together with each other and sharing the word of God,” Durr’s Chapel member Sheila Guyton said. “”We’re all about family, love and just caring about each other.”

Her husband Willie Guyton added that he loves the people and the relationships he and his wife have created. He also hopes that the joining together of the two churches will foster change in the community.

“I just hope it will open up to Jasper that it’s not about color,” Willie Guyton said.

In fact, that colorblindness is part of what makes the church service so unique, Christ United is traditionally attended by white people, while Durr’s Chapel is a church predominantly attended by African-American people.

“We realized we needed to do something about our relationship,” Christ United Pastor Tom Camp said. “We all needed to overcome some of our prejudices. We live in Alabama, and we all know how things are here. We pretend we’re integrated, but we aren’t really. We needed to do something.”

The next joint service will be held on August 19 and both pastors encourage anyone in the community to attend then or any time. Sunday School starts at 10 a.m. and church begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday morning.

For more information, you can reach both churches at (205) 387-7603.