Ames Church in Bel Air sets anniversary celebration

Sanctuary opened 10 years ago this month


Ames United Methodist Church in Bel Air is celebrating the 10th anniversary in its current sanctuary building and has a number of services planned this month featuring former pastors as guest speakers.

The original church building was erected in 1886 and demolished in September 2001.

On the same site, at Route 1 and Bond Street, a new building was constructed. The congregation kept the fellowship hall from the former building and incorporated it into the new building.

"In May 2002, the congregants of Ames marched to the new church from Bel Air High School as we cut the ribbon and opened the church doors to an overflow crowd," Joan E. Wiggins of Belcamp writes. One of the series of anniversary services, on May 13, will re-enact that event.

The Ames United Methodist Church pastor is Rev. Thomas J. Blake.

The schedule of worship services with former pastors to celebrate the church's 10 years is:

• Sunday, May 6, Pre-Anniversary Service, Rev. Winifred Blagmond, speaker (2003-2009);

• Wednesday, May 9, Anniversary Revival, Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, speaker (1992-1998);

• Thursday, May 10, Anniversary Revival, Rev. Marc Nolan (Friend of the Church);

• Sunday, May 13, Anniversary Service, Rev. Eric King Sr., speaker (1998-2003); and

• Sunday, May 20, Post Anniversary Service, Dr. Ronald Ward, speaker (Jan.-June, 2011.)

• Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. Revival services start at 7:30 p.m.

Those in attendance May 13 will receive a souvenir booklet and view a pictorial history of Ames.

For more information, contact Joan Wiggins,, or visit the church website,

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