NEW ORLEANS — A standing-room-only crowd attended the recent grand opening of the Hollygrove church, planted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Three years of prayers, dreams and hard work culminated in an amazing day of praise and worship,” said Kirk Garrison, minister of the Carrollton Avenue church in New Orleans.
The Carrollton Avenue church, about a 10-minute drive from the Hollygrove neighborhood, sponsored the church plant, buying the old Emanuel Spiritual Church, a red-brick, storm-ravaged building abandoned after Katrina.
More than 100 people celebrated the Lord’s Supper together after a communion meditation by Charles Marsalis, Hollygrove’s minister. The service ended with a blessing and dedication by the elders of the Carrollton Avenue church.
Located in a predominantly black part of the city, Hollygrove is the first of a series of churches that Carrollton Avenue hopes to plant in New Orleans, church leaders said.
Partners in the church planting included the Park Plaza church in Tulsa, Okla.; the Southern Hills church in Abilene, Texas; the Village church in Hot Springs, Ark.; and the White’s Ferry Road church in West Monroe, La.