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Praise & Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning Prayer 8:00a
Sunday School 10:00a
Sunday Morning Worship 11:45a
Sunday Afternoon Service 5:00p
Monday Night Prayer 7:00p
Tuesday Bible Study 7:30p
Wednesday Prayer 12:00p
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30p


About Our Church
Our History

In April of 1976, the church began with the loss of a great spiritual leader, Bishop Coy Monk. Though there was much confusion and sadness, God was faithful to His word: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” This led to the preparation of another leader; our pastor Elder Jerry V. Burns. This young man is faithful, sincere, and obedient to God. Because of these qualities the Lord blessed him by putting him in the hearts of people. For with God's revelation a new ministry was formed, which he named “The Open Door Church Of God In Christ.” Revelation 3:8 states: “I know thy works: Behold I have set before thee an Open Door and no man can shut it.”

The first building was located upstairs at 986 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. A water cooler served as a podium and milk crates were the chairs, but being together with love and joy abounding made it all worthwhile.

This location was also where our first recording took place. A 45 record titled “You'll Survive” and “We Got Love At Open Door”, which is still our motto today. The singers were the combined voices of the Youth Ensemble and the Voices of Salvation, along with our pastor and his wife, First Lady Delores E. Burns, who were the group leaders.

The Lord continued to bless, for after two (2) years our membership grew by leap and bounds. The Lord spoke to pastor again. He told him to go t o Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. In doing so, he came upon our present building and the Lord said, "That's the one."

This building, which was once a large paper box factory, was cold, damp, and full of rubbish. There were no rooms or dividers, and the floor was cemented and cracked. But the people had a mind to work, and they did. With much cleaning, scrubbing and fixing, the day finally arrived for a great move.

In July of 1978, the congregation marched from 986 GATES Avenue to the present edifice 999 Greene Avenue. This location is where the blessing of the Lord really began to manifest itself. The Lord made it possible that the building was paid for in less than two (2) years. In the second year, a fireproof wall was built separating the sanctuary from the dinning room and offices. Pastor took his vacation money from his job as a Lab Technician Supervisor and repaired the floor.

One Sunday, we were sitting on folding chairs, the next Sunday we were sitting on pews. As time went on, doors were replaced, a cross was hung, lighting fixtures were replaced, paneling added, an altar added, railing were placed around the pulpit, and last but not least, brand new cushioned pews. Yes, the Lord is in the blessing business.

Since the move into this building, two (2) more records have been recorded: first, "Our Roots Are Mighty Strong"; the second and most popular, "Rev. Jerry V . Burns and The Open Door Singers", which became #7 on WWRL Top Ten Countdown.

The question was asked, "Peter, do you love me? Feed my sheep." This question was also asked of our pastor, and the answer came back, "Yes"--for with this command came a new and different endeavor. In 1988, "The Outreach Ministry" was born.

Pastor stated that the Lord told him to feed breakfast to the people that were standing on the corner. This went on for several weeks. Then the Lord directed him to begin feeding them both natural and spiritual food. This command has since resulted in feeding of over ½ million people.

In this ministry, many have been blessed with food through our weekly distribution to people in the community and the surrounding areas. Clothing, furnishings, household appliances and many other accessories are also distributed.

Open Door also contributes to other churches and organizations such as: The Seventh Day Adventist Church, a Spanish church, Catholic Charities, two (2) Drug Rehabilitation Houses, Crime Victims Organization, the Human Resources Administration and numerous senior citizens organizations.

Our future plans are to purchase the building next door to house a rehabilitation center, a senior citizens center, a day care center and a recreational center.

God has truly blessed Open Door. With these blessing, we have seen souls saved, spirits lifted, miracles performed, deliverance from alcohol and drugs, families united, and the love of Lord spread abroad. Once again, we can say: "To God Be The Glory."

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Mission Statement

Our Outreach mission is to help relieve the suffering of residents of the Tri-State areas. Feeding the hungry and clothing the naked provides hope for those in need of spiritual support. The Church aims to reach substance abusers, legal-judicial offenders, the homeless, the poor and others who need spiritual assistance.

By providing spiritual counseling and education, along with food distribution, the Church in this way helps relieve stress, hunger and the fear of homelessness, which interfere with productive living. This outreach effort is also aimed at reuniting families, reducing antisocial behavior, and preparing people for educational and employment opportunities. All are welcome to participate.

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Church of God In Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) History

In 1895, while searching the scriptures, Elders C. P. Jones, Charles Harrison Mason, and others saw that they could not be saved without holiness. So, they began to preach this doctrine. As a result, they were asked to withdraw fellowship from the Baptist Church. Later in that year, those same brethren congregated themselves and were known as the Church of God. (Acts 20:28)

Because the truth of the gospel was being assailed on every side, and many false doctrines were being introduced by those who proclaimed the name, Elder C.H. Mason began setting forth to defend the gospel and prayed earnestly for a name that would not depart from the scriptures and at the same time distinguish the true followers from the false. Therefore, in the year 1897, the Lord revealed this name "THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST," with the following scriptures to support it: I Thess. 2:14, II Thess. 1:1, and Gal. 1:22.

This union lasted until the year 1906, when a great revival was held in Los Angeles, California under the auspices of Elder W. J. Seymour. Elder C. H. Mason, among many others, attended this revival and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, with signs of speaking with other tongues according to Acts 2:4, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance."

He came back preaching this as a New Testament doctrine to which many of the brethren were adverse. In August 1907, the General Assembly convened at Jackson, Mississippi with Elder C.P. Jones presiding as General Overseer--who was also adverse to the new doctrine promulgated by Elder C.H. Mason and others. After a very lengthy discussion, the Assembly withdrew from Elder C.H. Mason, and all who promulgated the doctrine of speaking with tongues and the right hand of fellowship.

Later in the year 1907, Elder C.H. Mason called a meeting in Memphis, Tennessee of all the ministers who believed in receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Among the group of Elders who responded to this great call were: E.R. Driver, J. Bowe, R.R Booker, W.M. Roberts, R.E. Hart, D.W. Welsh, A.A. Blackwell, E.M. Page, R.H.I. Clark, D.J. Young, J. Brewer, D. Spearman, J.H. Boone.

These brethren formed the first General assembly of THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST, whose faith was founded upon the doctrine of the Apostles as received on the day of Pentecost. The Lord gave Elder C.H. Mason to be the Chief Apostle, which was accepted by the whole assembly. Under this leadership, the Church witnessed a great triumph.

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