Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Abundant Life Church is celebrating a big birthday in unique fashion: With the release of a self-funded film called “One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices of Faith.”

The film, premiering Friday at a semi-formal event at the Putnam Avenue Upper School, weaves together the stories of generations touched by the church since it opened its doors a century ago as a spiritual refuge for immigrants – at the time, coming mainly from Barbados. The modest wood-frame structure sits at 47 Howard St., having survived fire, shifting economic tides and what leaders call the “rapid secularization of society at large.”

“Other churches may come and go, but ALC has been a cornerstone in this community for generations, helping build, grow and shape the lives of families,” said Bishop Lawrence A. Ward, senior pastor of the church.

The film, made by a Waltham production house, “is meant to inform, encourage and empower people. But it is also a tool for posterity – something we can pass on to generations to come,” Ward said. “I grew up in this church. My father, who is now 93 years old, served as pastor before me. I can tell you that young people have always been a vital part of ALC, and we are still connecting with children, youth and millennials – as well as different people from all parts of the world.”

“One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices of Faith” screens at 6 p.m. Friday at Putnam Avenue Upper School, 102 Putnam Ave., in the Riverside neighborhood. Tickets are $25 for adults, or $15 for children (no children under 10 years will be allowed) and seniors.