Community Worship Center opens its doors March 30

By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles Editor | Mar 24, 2014
Photo by: Donated NEW CHURCH — John and Yuva Blankenship will lead the congregation at the Community Worship Center in Clyde.

A new church will open its doors to the community for the first time this Sunday. The Community Worship Center will celebrate its inaugural service at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at 1400 Old Clyde Road, Clyde, with The Porter Family singing. All members of the community are invited to attend.

Pastor John Blankenship and his wife, Yuva, lead the congregation.

The Community Worship Center came about from a calling to better serve the children of Haywood County. A couple that were friends with the Blankenships felt the call to minister to the county’s children; they bought clothes and helped families that were in need. The couple asked John Blankenship if he would consider founding and acting as pastor to a church.

“I had retired,” said John Blankenship. “But when they told me about these kids, it just broke my heart. So I said yes.”

They started with a small church off Allen’s Creek, but after six months needed to grow. With no room to expand, they decided to move to their new location in Clyde.

Blankenship is originally from West Virginia but raised his four sons in Savannah, Georgia, with Yuva. He was called to the ministry in 1971 when they lived in Illinois and evangelized for nine years before becoming a pastor. Blankenship has pastored at five churches, spending 11 years at one.

“We are a small congregation and an non-denominational full Gospel church and allow the gifts to operate in our church,” said Blankenship. “We are a mission-minded church with a heart of compassion to reach out to a hurting society and to the needy and hopeless. We believe the heartbeat of a loving, merciful God is to reach every person who has never heard the message of the free gift of salvation and to have an opportunity to experience his saving grace of deliverance.”

The Community Worship Center’s mission statement is to reach those in spiritual need; to live by the authority of the Bible; to be devoted to a life of prayer; to worship and praise the Lord Jesus Christ; to make disciples of all people; and to be King James Bible-based in our teaching and preaching.

Services will consist of praise and worship, and because they share the building with another church, Sunday school will take place at 3 p.m. with services at 4 p.m. Wednesday evening services will be held at 7 p.m. All members of the community are welcomed to attend.