Watch Meeting Night 2017

Happy NewYear


St. John Baptist Church

1656 Pendleton Street

Memphis, TN  38114


The 2017 Watch Meeting Service will be held at St. John Baptist Church-Pendleton.  The service is comprised of seven churches in the Cherokee area.  The Watch Night Service is scheduled from 10:00 - 11:30 PM.  The church will start serving Dinner at 8:00 pm. 

The Watch Night service is observed in many Black Churches across America.   Historically, the Watch Night service is held in conjunction to New Year's Eve, and can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as "Freedom's Eve' when Blacks came together in churches and private homes to await the news that the Emancipation Proclamation was going to become law.

So today, in remembrance of the many African-American men, women, and children counting down the time to which the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863 we annually celebrate on New Year's Eve, Watch Meeting Night.  In the United States, New Year's Eve is celebrated with formal parties, family-oriented activities and other large public events. Nevertheless, many Black communities have gathered in churches annually on New Year's ever since that historical night, giving thanks, singing and praising God for bringing us safely through another year.  Although, the Watch Night services can be traced back to earlier observances and other denominations, Watch Meeting Night worship is an African-American tradition that we should never forget.

Can you imagine the joy that those "folks" felt?  Yes, I can imagine the jubilation, the excitement, the shouts of joy, the songs, the prayers, as people fell to their knees and thanked God! "I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Glory"


Prayer and Praise Service & Bible Study - Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Memphis Baptist Congress of Christian Education. Regular scheduled

meetings are every 3rd Sunday in the month. 

Missionary Society Meeting -

Missionary Society meeting at Salem Gilfield Baptist Church.  

Tabs for Kids With Cancer

"Please continue to save your aluminum can tabs."  These tabs will be used to exchange for money being raised by the clubs for, KIDS WITH CANCER.  Please save your tabs during the week; bring them with you to church on Sundays.  

Best Wishes to our 2017 Graduates:

Salem Gilfield is proud to announce our 2017 Graduates:

We are praying for your success in whatever you do.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 in 8 Women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime


The National Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.

October is breast cancer month.  Salem Gilfield is thankful for the opportunity, through its programs and working with other organizations, a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The 2017 Watch Meeting Service was held at Salem Gilfield Baptist Church.  The service is comprised of seven churches in the Cherokee area.  The children Division of the various churches will be in charged of service from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm.   The Adult Department will be in charge of the program from 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm.  Breakfast will be served immediately after service.