The Berkley Community Church was founded in 1919, 100 years ago this year. This photo was taken  sometime around 1922, according to Senior Pastor Adam Groh.

The Berkley Community Church was founded in 1919, 100 years ago this year. This photo was taken sometime around 1922, according to Senior Pastor Adam Groh.

Photo provided by Adam Groh


Churches in Ferndale, Berkley celebrating 100 years

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 14, 2019

 Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish will hold its 100th anniversary celebration Sunday, Oct. 20. The church started out in a chicken coop before growing into what it is today.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish will hold its 100th anniversary celebration Sunday, Oct. 20. The church started out in a chicken coop before growing into what it is today.

Photo by Mike Koury

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FERNDALE/BERKLEY — Two houses of worship in Ferndale and Berkley, respectively, are celebrating their 100th anniversaries within a few of weeks of each other.

At the end of September, the Berkley Community Church, located at 2855 Wiltshire Road, celebrated its 100th anniversary for an entire weekend. From Sept. 27 to 29, the church hosted a community picnic, a gala and a celebration service.

While the church has been through different buildings and locations durings its 100 years, Senior Pastor Adam Groh said the parish has lasted this long because it’s kept its mission in discussing faith “very simple.”

“When the mission is very simple … it keeps kind of secondary things at bay so you don’t have conflict in church as much,” he said. “You don’t have people caring more about a church building over people.”

Having the church reach its centennial was something special for Groh.

“It meant to me that God will accomplish the mission he starts,” he said. “This church started in 1919, in a rented schoolhouse owned by the city of Berkley, with 25 people and little means. ”

Over in Ferndale, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, also known as the St. James Catholic Church, will hold its celebration Sunday, Oct. 20.

The church originated in a chicken coop before any brick and mortar created a building for the parish. It was after gathering funds from its parishioners over many years that a formal church was constructed. Currently, the church resides at 241 Pearson St.

The event will begin at 11 a.m., when attendees will be invited to a light lunch in front of church. In addition to viewing memorabilia from the church’s history, tours will be offered at The James, the retirement community housed in the former St. James school.

For Gloria Minando, a member of St. James dating back to 1970, celebrating the church’s 100th birthday is a very exciting time.

“I just love that church,” she said. “For me personally, I was married there. I got my kids baptized there. It’s just wonderful memories.”

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