Bikers Blessed at Baton Rouge Ministry

Pictured at the Baton Rouge Bikers Sabbath

Members of the Baton Rouge Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrate a “Motorcycle Ministry Sabbath” on Aug. 6, 2022. Photo provided by Southwestern Union Registry

The members of the Baton Rouge Seventh-day Adventist Church are a diverse group, both in physical composition and in membership interests. They love to fellowship, bless each other in any way they can, welcome guests from the community, and pray together. Last summer, church members had the opportunity to do all of these things.

Motorcycle Ministry Sabbath took place on August 6, 2022. Early last year, when Michael Cerda, pastor of Baton Rouge Seventh-day Church, first shared with the congregation that Southwestern Union asked us to receive “bikers” from all over the world. country, there was a unified laugh followed by a thoughtful silence. Members were not sure how to host cyclists. But they could read Cerda’s enthusiasm and confidence, and they were excited too. He said: “We will dress like them and welcome anyone who comes through the door.”

And they did!

During the annual National Bikers Roundup, more than 1,000 motorcycle clubs (including three Seventh-day Adventists) and 30,000 bikers would call the Baton Rouge area their home for five days. Southwestern Union would have a booth under the direction of Helvis Moody, director of youth and young adult ministries. Moody once served in Baton Rouge and still has friends in town, many of them bikers, who were happy to help with the booth and weekend events. At the Southwestern Union booth, the group was eager to share Jesus by handing out special editions of the book. Steps to Christ: the walk of your life.

During the church service on Saturday, Baton Rouge church member Kevin Jenkins taught Sabbath School, having rode to church on his Harley and dressed comfortably in the fashions of the day. A Southwestern Union representative explained the concept of Steps to Christ: The Journey of Your Life books and shared a copy with everyone in attendance. During the 11 o’clock service, Moody led a moving prayer and Henry Jones of Baton Rouge Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church shared a beautiful special song, “Falling in Love With Jesus.” The speaker for the hour was Donald Clark from Oklahoma. He shared a message titled “His Return of Him” and directed an anointing, along with Cerda, to anyone who felt the tug of the Holy Spirit on their heart.

After the service, Moody blessed the many motorcycles and bikers in the parking area in a special ceremony and prayer; he then invited everyone to stay for a fellowship meal. A young man whose mother was once a member happened to drive by the church on his motorcycle and saw all the other motorcycles parked at the church. He decided to stop and see what was happening.

“We believe the Holy Spirit led him and we pray he returns as we all remember the Sabbath, which was filled with Christ-centered fun and inclusion for all of God’s children,” a church member shared.

Church members, as the new year begins, take this verse to heart: “May the God who gives perseverance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind among yourselves that Christ Jesus had among you, so that with one mind and one voice May we glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, as Christ received you, to the glory of God” (Rom 15:5-7).

— The original version of this article was published by Southwestern Union Registry website.