On Sunday, March 19, 2017, New Beginnings of Faith Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Racine dedicated their morning service to ‘Celebrating Angel Babies’ who passed away due to infant mortality.
Pastor Prentiss Robbins Jr., the pastor of New Beginnings of Faith COGIC, organized a Memorial Candle Light Service. The service was a beautiful and meaningful way to capture the spirit and life of five infant Angel Babies who took their flight to glory between the years of 2012 and 2017.
Minister Preneice Love addressed the tragic frequency of infant mortality, underlying causes of infant death in the U.S. and Racine County, and identified hopes for its prevention.
Pastor Robbins talked about the impact that an infant loss has on families and everyone in the community, and that he is dedicated to addressing the issue of infant mortality and the mental health impacts caused by it. “In most cases parents who have lost an infant report that they are fine and that everything is okay. Yet I see the look in their eyes and hear the sound of their voice… and that tells me a different story.” He stated that parents do not have the community support they need to help reduce the impact that a loss of a child has on their mental health.
In addition, he said that it is easier for the community to discuss topics such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. However, the topic of infant deaths is one that is overlooked. He believes that more churches and community members should be standing up and fighting for this great cause.
Pastor Prentiss Robbins Jr. strongly encouraged family and friends in attendance to join New Beginnings of Faith COGIC in the ongoing fight against infant mortality by joining the Racine Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, an initiative of the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Inc. (RKCCA), in addition to efforts of the church.
At the end of the service, parents of the Angel Babies received blue and pink teddy bears (Infant Mortality Awareness colors) and Resolutions of Respect in memory of their babies. The church family and friends released pink balloons for the infant girls and blue balloons for the infant boys and white balloons for the infant babies who took their flight to glory before 2012.
The Racine LIHF Collaborative is grateful for members like Pastor Robbins. He was able to see immediately what role he and the church could play in the fight against infant mortality.