ALTON, Ill.—Several congregations in the Riverbend region of southwestern Illinois gathered to rejoice in their common salvation through Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Brown Street Baptist Church hosted the gathering. Other Regular Baptist churches in attendance were Sanford Avenue Baptist Church, Alton; Cottage Hills (Illinois) Baptist Church; Delhi Baptist Church, Jerseyville; and First Baptist Church, Roxana.

The speakers for the evening included Troy Crain, pastor of Fosterburg Baptist Church, Bethalto, Ill., and Fred Hendricks, pastor of Alton Bible Church, a predominately African-American congregation affiliated with IFCA International. Vibrant congregational singing was accentuated by an original vocal solo by Noah Fields of Delhi Baptist and a joint choir, led by Wendy Allen of Brown Street Baptist. “This building hasn’t heard singing like that in years!” says David Conrad, retired associate pastor of Brown Street Baptist and member of Delhi Baptist.

“Our churches need to continue this kind of intentional fellowship,” says Diana Wilson, a member of Brown Street Baptist. “Too often we get isolated and forget we’re not alone in doing God’s work. Times like this remind us that there are benefits to serving and working together to accomplish more collectively for the cause of Jesus Christ.”