By Nick Nunn staff writer

St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church held its first annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, June 7. The even was open to the community, and aimed to raise funds for its new child-care operation starting in several months. “Whosoever will come, let them come, just like Jesus said,” said Reverend Cedrick Cotton, head pastor of St. Paul AME. The church charged $7 per plate or $25 for a family pack. Funds raised will be used to finance and furnish the child-care space the church is creating in the annex of the church. The church has not yet released how much money they raised. “It will become our child development center,” said Cotton.

According to Cotton, the child-care program the church is opening will “fill the gap” for the children in the community that cannot get into other childcare programs. “This is a community project. This is going to house any of the children that cannot get into the county head start program,” said Cotton. “As a certified educator and having the the credentials, this has always been a dream of mine.” The program will be open from 6 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Cotton hopes the program will be up and running within two to four months.

“We were just approved for the first part of our inspection, and are now waiting on our review packet and to hear from the state for the second part,” explained Cotton. “I see a need for this, and our church wants to help meet that need,” said Cotton.