04 Oct The Origins of VICTORY Sunday
Victory Sunday began the first Sunday in October 2 006, however Fellowship organized what was known as Victory Night in 1990. The late, Pastor Willie Reid used this evening as a night of celebration of faith in the life of the believer, as well as, FBBC as a church . At this exciting worship service, testimonies were given as members believed God for victory over various obstacles in their lives. Fellowship members gave sacrificially at Victory Night according to how they were blessed. These powerful services enabled Fellowship to finish building what is now The Chapel at FBBC and to purchase the land and campus the church now owns. The members that sowed into these services were tremen-dously blessed and testimonies of new jobs, promotions, new homes and great health were shared. Each time Fellowship would begin a new phase of building construc-tion or breaking ground, Pastor Reid would entitle the worship service Victory Day or Victory Night. He instilled in us that we were winners in every area.
In 2006, Pastor Reid informed Lorea Reid, who was the Ministry Coordinator at the time to come up with a new format from our former Victory Night worship services. He asked for something unique and creative that would be “out of the box.” The Administrative Team (A-Team) brain-stormed and came up with the idea of making the worship service exhilarating, as if you were attending a football game. The decision was made to have a host, have giveaways thrown into the audience randomly, tailgate and invite the Fort Valley State University band to play and assist in cheering for Christ. We would also continue the theme of sowing sacrificially to God and believing Him for victory. The concept was to have a God-induced pep rally that everyone would enjoy. Since football is important to the Warner Robins area, this idea was perfect for the adaptable, fun, atmosphere of Fellowship. Since then people come from all over to witness this momentous occasion. This event continues to be Fellowship’s largest event of the year.
Pastor Tolan Morgan has embraced Victory Sunday and transitioned it into an evangelistic crusade. Victory Sunday now helps to erase the myth that “you can’t be a Christian and have fun.” Believers and non-believers are ushered into the joy of knowing the Lord through this annual worship experience. Victory Sunday – God’s people enjoying God and His people! “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57 KJV)
By Henry Hopson Jr. and Lorea Reid