RCCG Restoration Center Praise in the Park
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is a Pentecostal Christian denomination based in Nigeria and is led by Enoch Adeboye (General Overseer). In recent years, the church has been expanding rapidly in the United States and is now at many locations in Maryland including Bowie, Silver Spring, and Baltimore. The Greenbelt church is called RCCG Restoration Center, and the group started meeting in 2010 in Eleanor Roosevelt High School. They now meet every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for worship service in Old Greenbelt Theater followed by fellowship hour at the church’s fellowship hall above the Greenbelt Federal Credit Union. The third Sunday of the month is casual Sunday and when the weather is nice, the group meets outside at Roosevelt Center Mall. These pictures are from an outdoor praise service on August 26.
The podium is set directly in front of the Mother and Child statue.
Audrey Cunningham (center) is the church’s minister of music and also leads the youth department.
The RCCG Restoration Center’s pastor is Abby Daramola. She has been with the Greenbelt church since 2010.
Mary Harrison (left) is the church’s public relations person.
Food is served at Restoration Center’s outdoor services.
The Restoration Center Choir has performed at community events such as the Greenbelt Middle School Community Day in May.
After the outdoor service was cut short by a sudden rain shower, parishioners move to the covered area in front of the Greenbelt Federal Credit Union.
Pastor Abby Daramola greets a new member.
Parishioners tell me that the church is actively engaged in the Greenbelt Community. It operates a food bank, conducts a Thanksgiving turkey drive in November and a back-to-school supply drive for Springhill Lake Elementary School, and works with Greenbelt CARES to help Franklin Park residents. The church is looking for a larger facility to carry out these and other programs. The outdoor services are normally held on the third Sunday of the month and everybody is welcome. The church’s motto, they tell me, is that Restoration Center is “where hope is restored.”