Church life

Church life
photo by Kevin Kalunian


Messiah Baptist Church is one of the oldest and most active African-American churches in Brockton, Massachusetts. From youth programs to financial investment groups, the church finds new ways to engage members across generations.
Community service is the foundation of both the church and the members, a quiet tradition spanning decades.
Journalism students at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, enrolled in Advanced Newswriting and Reporting taught by Prof. Maureen Boyle in the Spring of 2016, highlighted some of the service programs at Messiah Baptist Church to give the outside community a glimpse of the work church members do. As part of this class project, students used iPads to shoot photos and videos for the stories.
Special thanks to Rev. Michael Walker, pastor of the church, and everyone at Messiah Baptist for their help with the project. Also, thanks to the Community Based Learning program and Prof. Corey Dolgon at Stonehill, the iPad initiative programs sponsored by the college and Information Technology Department, Stonehill librarian Patricia McPherson and student liaison Liam Dacko for their assistance and support.

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These stories and videos were written and produced by students at Stonehill College in the Advanced Newswriting and Reporting course, taught by Prof. Maureen Boyle. Students were supplied with iPads for the semester thanks to a technology grant and partnership with the Stonehill technology department. All of the student videos were shot on iPads and edited with the iMovie iPad app.

Messiah Baptist Church’s NuSkool

By Parijat Bhattacharjee

BROCKTON- NuSkool, a bible study group run by Messiah Baptist Church is described as “a thinking person’s bible study.”
The students are in two groups based on their ages: 6 to 17 years old in one group, and 18 and above in another. The bible study group meets on Thursdays.
The participants discuss biblical events, and also focus on current events, while connected to the bible, said Miles Jackson, 58, who is the administrator of Messiah Baptist Church.
Jackson is very active in the church, helping out in the youth department, singing in the church and leading the audio-visual department. He also works with the students from Stonehill College for a tutoring program.
He started attending the church when he was 11 years old. “I kind of grew up in the church,” he said.
Rev. Michael W. Walker, the pastor of the Messiah Baptist Church, who has been part of the church for 10 years, does most of the teaching for the adult classes of NuSkool, while Linda Ross teaches classes for the youth.
The reverend “had the vision to get the kids together in the late afternoon to have a new school type bible study,” Jackson said.
That vision was of a place where the teacher would communicate with the children on their level, making it easier for the students to understand. The bible study eventually expanded to include adults.
The purpose of calling the program NuSkool was to make it modern, so children could relate and identify with it since many “abbreviate a lot of things now,” said Jackson
When Walker teaches it, he talks about current events through the bible. “The great thing is for people to understand what is happening now in correlation to the bible,” said Jackson.
NuSkool has been going on for seven to eight years, with the adult class growing bigger. A lot of times the bible study is also attended by members of other churches, said Jackson. 


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