The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church had a momentous day on Sunday, Jan. 26 when its members not only unveiled the church’s historical marker, but had a time capsule burial.
The Hinesville church is more than 150 years old, and Bethel’s pastor, Debra A. Chaney, said she is thankful to be a part of what she described as being an important historical moment.
The historical marker was applied for, according to Chaney, about a year ago. Bethel contacted the Liberty County Historical Society and had to prove how hold the church was, how important the marker would be, and how the church has helped its community.
Chaney said the unveiling of the marker was a rewarding experience and leaves something for future generations.
It was with future generations in mind as well that Chaney and her congregation buried a time capsule on the property.
The time capsule was filled with church programs, pictures, etc. in hopes of showing future members of Bethel how things were done at one time.
Chaney said the capsule is to be opened 25 years from now and hopes the congregation of that time will bury another capsule to be opened for the 200 year anniversary.
“It’s very important,” Chaney said, “It lets people know what Bethel has been through. How they struggled and they kept the faith; that they never gave up. They continued to work with the Lord… And that’s why it’s important, because they were always a beacon for the community.”
Chaney is Bethel’s first female pastor and was appointed in June 2018.