Trinity CME celebrates its 150th anniversary


A cornerstone of Lafayette’s Christian community – Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – celebrated 150 years of faith and fellowship on Sunday afternoon.

The congregation took time to remember its history as the oldest black church in Lafayette.

“Trinity Colored Methodist Episcopal Church began when free black people found hope and meaning in the gospel preached by former slave owners when they worshiped in shoddy tents and buildings in Vermilionville,” recited Kathalee Cooksey during the Sunday service.

Even with this tribute to the past, church members took time to acknowledge the present – with a plaque presented by Lafayette Councilman Glenn Lazard, who represents District 5.

“Anytime you can still serve Christ after 150 years and do what He has entrusted to us, that’s a reason to celebrate,” said Reverend Elder Maggie C. Banks of Trinity CME.

It is a congregation full of spiritual traditions, one that has touched many hearts. Douglas and Kathalee Cooksey have been loyal members for almost 35 years.

“We have enjoyed the congregation, the pastors over the years, it’s a place where you can be nurtured and learn more about God,” Douglas Cooksey said. “And we’re still here for that same reason, because God keeps us here and we’re still fed and led in the direction of God.”

If you would like to be a part of Trinity CME history, all are welcome to attend Sunday Service every weekend at 9 a.m. at the 604 Lee Avenue location in Lafayette.

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