C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church, one of the fastest-growing African American congregations in the Presbyterian Church USA, is adding a third Sunday morning worship service.
Beginning Jan. 4, the congregation will add a 9:30 a.m. service to those currently held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
C.N. Jenkins has more than 550 members, but more than 750 regularly worship at the Statesville Avenue church, said the Rev. Jerry L. Cannon, the church’s senior pastor.
“CN Jenkins is committed to allowing the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, to determine how great a harvest our new service can and will reach,” Cannon said.
Church officials said in a press statement Tuesday that they believe the 9:30 service will appeal to Christians looking for “an intimate worship experience.”
“You’re not absorbed into the large numbers of a typical mega-church,” the statement said.
Church officials said they also hope the timing of the new service will appeal to parents with young children, especially those concerned with maintaining a family schedule.
“In addition to being a leader among African American Presbyterian churches in mission causes, C.N. Jenkins also led the Presbytery of Charlotte in the support of African American seminarians pursuing theological education,” the press statement read.