LEWISTON – Douglas and Sonia Taylor, ministry directors fo the Pentecostal Kids’ Church Jesus Party, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the urban, faith-based children’s organization. Children of the community are invited to attend the celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at the Jesus Party Headquarters, 291 Bates St.

The Taylors started their parties for children in the basement of their Brault Street home in 1994. The Taylors realized their calling to children’s ministry, sold their home and moved to the corner of Birch and Bartlett streets in February of 1995.

Due to the combination of large numbers of school-aged children who traveled by their makeshift church and the high visibility of the intersection, the ministry’s attendance grew to more than 100 children weekly.

In January of 1997, the ministry was forced to relocate, due to the detection of lead-based paint, to a temporary location at the Amazing Grace Mission, Lisbon Street, for four months.

In May of that year, the Jesus Party purchased the Bates Street building and held a grand opening.

On March 13, 2001, the Jesus Party Inc. became a domestic nonprofit corporation licensed with the state. The Taylors became ordained oneness Pentecostal ministers with the North American Ministerial Association, and Bishop Clayton Alward officiated at the ordination in September 2002.

For more information, call 786-5568 or write to P.O. Box 264, Lewiston, ME 04243.

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