The Antioch AME Church in Frankford will feature music and fellowship on Feb. 13, at its Men’s Day celebration, “highlighting the men of the church [and] community and encouraging them in their role as leaders” in their families, community and church, according to the Rev. James Foster.
Men’s Day will include two services on Feb. 13. Foster will lead the regularly scheduled worship service at 11 a.m. Afterward, the congregation will be invited to a meal in the dining room that will last into the afternoon.
Guest speaker the Rev. Lester Justice will officiate the 4 p.m. service, which includes a men’s choir. His choir and congregation will visit from Simpson United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Del.
Fabian McCray, a lifetime member of Antioch AME Church, said the service brings congregations together for worship and fellowship, in addition to raising money for the church. And Men’s Day doesn’t mean men only. McCray explained that both men and women from local congregations are being invited to attend.
“It’s a day that we celebrate men, but the women will be very much involved,” Foster concurred.
Women are welcome to attend and will also help prepare a meal for the congregation.
“We’re not being sexist. Women’s Day is in the fall,” Foster assured. With both events, he said, “The role is changed, so we have each other.”
As Black History Month continues, Foster said his sermons will intertwine “vignettes of black history.”
Antioch AME Church is located at 194 Clayton Avenue in Frankford, just south of John M. Clayton Elementary School.